Unwanted Stuff

My old tenants are out. Mostly.

This girl Marcy, who subletted from one of them last summer, still has a hammock in the backyard, and a couple of boxes of things in the basement. The departing tenants called her the day they were moving out, and asked her to come get her things that day if possible, but she was a no-show.

Now, the hammock I don’t mind if she leaves here. I like having a hammock in the backyard. I’d hate for her to come and get it.

But what am I supposed to do with her boxes of stuff? I’ve called and left a message, letting her know its here, but haven’t heard back from her. How long do I wait, before

  1. Throwing it out with the trash
  2. Donating it to the Salvation Army
  3. Going through it and seeing if there’s anything I would want myself? Is it weird to do that?

I mean, I have the room in the basement, but I really don’t want to be in the habit of just storing people’s stuff endlessly. Really, “trash and belongings left in the apartment” may be something I could take money out of their security deposit for.

The departing tenants also left a bench and FOUR bicycles in the backyard. Again, the bench is fine, that can stay. But I was really nervous about the bikes. I don’t need that kind of clutter around here. They came and got THREE of them last week, thankfully, but forgot the key for the one that is U-locked to the chain link fence (not my favorite aesthetic feature of the backyard). I’m hoping that it disappears sometime this month, so that I don’t have to figure out how to deal with THAT.

Update 08/21 (three months later): The bikes have all been removed, but the stuff is still in the basement, and the hammock is still in the backyard. It’s been more than a year, so I’m officially deeming it all abandoned, and mine to do with as I wish. I’ve also decided upon what will be the most appropriate (and hopefully profitable) disposal method: Ebay.

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