This is one last followup to my ongoing saga with my former renters. For
those who don't know, a young couple moved off my property after their lease
expired and they left a lot of junk and personal items including a car. I
gave them both ample time and notice to clear the stuff out or they could
face small claims court. Both were very hard to get a hold of and although
I know where the girl lives, the guy has disappeared and left no hint of
where he has gone. I think it will be a lot of trouble to win in small
claims and actually recover the cleanup costs from the couple. I would
rather not go that route
However, the girl has left her car behind and therein lies my final
question. Does having her car give me any leverage in recovering my costs.
Can I just hold on to it indefinitely and refuse to give it to her unless
she pays for (at least half of) the cleanup? Is there a possibility of
being able to sell the car if she refuses to ever pay me or claim the car?
Is there any other way I could use the fact that she left the car to my
advantage. By the way, I don't know if the car is fully paid for.
Thanks in advance for any replies,