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  1. #1
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    Question Roommate Moved Out And Left Property

    My question involves a roommate in the State of: Pa

    My roommates ex moved out a couple weeks ago and I moved in to help with the rent. We spoke with the landlord and he told us not to bother with a new lease since it will be up in a few months. The landlord even allowed us to change the locks. But, the ex's name is still on the lease and mine is not. He said he was moving everything out, but there are still some things of his here. We've tried getting intouch with him, but he won't answer any of our phone calls. What can we legally do with his things? They're taking up room that we don't have!

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    Default Re: Roommate Moved Out And Left Property

    Is he still paying rent? And he's a named tenant on the lease? In either case, you wouldn't have the right to remove his belongings from the apartment.

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    Default Re: Roommate Moved Out And Left Property

    You could put his things into storage, and send a certified letter to him at his last known place of residense (your own appt) to him know that you moved his stuff. This will run you $30 a month or so. Even if you're not allowed to remove his belongings by law, there are no damages, so ex-roommie cannot sue you and win.

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    Default Re: Roommate Moved Out And Left Property

    Yes, you can pack all his stuff and store it as mentioned by the previous poster. Also, try to have it in a written form that shows proof that you attempted to contact the person. (send him an email)

    Also, let the landlord know that you still want to have your name in the lease even if it is about to expire in the near future.

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