He won’t move his stuff out, boyfriend. Can I change the locks? Can I sell his stuff? He moved 7 days ago to another house.

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He won’t move his stuff out, boyfriend. Can I change the locks? Can I sell his stuff? He moved 7 days ago to another house.

Can I change the locks, my boyfriend of 9 years, moved out 7 days ago only my name on the deed can I get rid of his stuff as he won’t take it since he has no where to put it.

Asked on July 3, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

You question needs a bit of sorting through.  First, I am not admitted in MN and strongly suggest you seek counsel in your area for a definite answer to your question.

Is the house yours alone?  In other words, did you purchase the house by yourself before he was your boyfriend?  That will help determine the issue about the locks. 

I would not just move his belongings in to the street.  Box them up and put them by the front door.  Then send him a letter by certified mail telling him to call and arrange to pick them up.  If he does not respond, send another letter.  If he still does not respond, Minnesota has statutes that apply to what is known as "abandoned property."  Ask the lawyer about getting rid of it according to the statute.  You do not need a legal battle on your hands over his things.  


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