Cary, NC asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: What can I legally do with my ex boyfriend's belongings since he won't come get them?

I kicked my ex boyfriend out of my house 2 weeks ago. He left the majority of his belongings and no matter how many times I ask, he won't come get them. He also left a dog and a car. Obviously I will just have the car towed, but what can I do about the dog? Can I sell her? It was a free dog given to our daughters by someone he knows. They don't want the dog either. Also, what about his other belongings? How long do I have to hold onto them before I can just trash them? He still has my house key and won't return it. Since he no longer lives there, it would be breaking and entering if he came inside my house to get his stuff right? I don't want to break the law because I'm sure he would try to get me in trouble even though he has had ample time to get everything and won't.

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Kate Bowles Miller
Kate Bowles Miller
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If a guest in your home left his belongings, he has no legal right to reclaim them.

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