Recently I was allowing a family friend to temporarily stay over/store a few of his things in the vacant side of a duplex I own for 3 weeks because of his personal family issues. The 3 weeks ends and he doesn't want to leave, I tell him sorry but I can't have anyone over there any longer and he really needs to leave. He refuses again, and I tell him I will call the police if he doesn't start to leave by midnight (he has known about the deadline the entire time, it wasn't just something I sprung on him 2 days before I wanted him to leave.) I call his father have a discussion with him, a little later his father calls tells me everything will be okay and he's going to go ahead and move out.
Long story short later on the guy shows up with a baseball bat, high, claiming I am stealing something from him. But that's another story. The police were called and he spins a story to the police that I just threw him and his things out on the street that night. I tell the officer it's a lie, but I did ask him to leave. The officer keeps telling me I have no legal right to have him leave without an eviction notice, I tell the officer he wasn't renting from me and was not living here but I'm told that makes no difference and if he want's to go back inside right I would be arrested if I refused to let him in. Well the guy ends up leaving anyway, but he left a futon frame and an old broken tv here. It's been awhile since he left and I have tried contacting him to get him to take his things but he has never responded to me. I don't know where he is living right now to send a formal letter either.
Am I in my legal rights to throw these things away on the assumption they are abandoned property? Or do I have to get the police involved in that matter? It's definitely all worth less that $200 and I can't have his stuff sitting around the house any longer.