How long must I hold onto my ex-girlfriend’s things?

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How long must I hold onto my ex-girlfriend’s things?

My girlfriend and I split up over a year ago and she still won’t come and get her things. She said she wanted a letter stating she had 30 days to get her property out of my house. I did this. So after the 30th day, is it legal for me to dispose, sell, or keep her things? She stated that she would sue me if I did any of those things. Did I even need a 30 day notice letter in the first place since she and I never had a rental/lease agreement when she was living with me?

Asked on June 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You are in a sticky situation.  Doing something against her interest with her things could be considered "conversion" of her property and yes, she coyld sue you.  Although you had no written agreement about the living situation if the court finds her to be some form of tenant - month to month perhaps - then it could be considered a "bailment" situation.  You may want to consdier legally evicting her even at this late date.  Then the sheriff can come and remove her things.  Good luck.


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