Tampa, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: If my landlord left behind items and moved to a different state, can I store them in storage? (Florida)

The items in question are a lawn mower, some boxes, small personal items, and a bed frame. None of this is in my lease for me to 'store'. She didn't want to pay for it to go to the different state and left it down here and verbally asked me to store it. This was *last minute* as she was moving out, crying and stressed. I was nice and said sure. She never said it had to be on site. It is also not written anywhere.

I have no intention of charging landlord, or ever having the items be problematic for landlord to get to. I just want to store them out of the premises, and if I move, I will move them back into premises before moving out.

The reason I ask here and not just ask her is because she will probably say no (I probably would too). So I'm trying to just do it and if she has a problem to make sure I bend over backwards to make her happy. I doubt landlord will ever know, but, I don't want this to be a crime taking her stuff, or is it considered mine because it's on my property?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Since your landlord asked you to look after her stuff I do not see any problem with moving it to your storage facility; but I would take photographs of all of it, where it is now and again where you stored it; and do not give anything away or sell it to anyone. If she calls and asks you to ship something to her, and gives you the $, then great.

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