I would suggest that you find out the laws in your state about abandoned property. There are rules that you need to follow to dispose or assume them.
congratulatiosn on your new home!!
There is often a fine line between working with someone and taking advantage of a situation. Is the seller taking advantage of your garage a s a storage space. Let's face it. You are moving in and need to use this space for your own belongings.
Here's a thought.....make them aware of your need for the space, letting them know that they will need to be moved outside unless they are picked up immediately and if they are not picked up soon after will be disposed of. This should generate some activity.
Legally, anything left at closing is yours but your agreement to store the items may have clouded this. Our recommendation...continue to try to work with them without being taken advantage of.
If the washer / dryer were included in the sales contract they are yours to keep. However if they expressly told you that they need to pick them up and you agreed to let them in to take them, the honorable thing would be to wait a bit. If you don't hear back from them in a week i would recommend asking your lawyer how to handle the situation before deciding to keep or discard them.
I am the person who gave you the position of sending them a certified letter giving them 30 days to remove their property and if they don't the property becomes yours. I was a Property Manager in Montgomery and Bucks counties, Pa. This is the law in PA to give a former resident 30 days to remove their property or it will be considered abandoned and you then have the right to remove and dispose of as needed.
Congrats on your new home and I hope by now you have been able to get this resolved in a friendly manner with the former owner. Best wishes in your new home. Adele
Another tack may be to give them a deadline....for instance: We need these out by next week or we'll need to dispose of them. That way, after your deadline, you may feel comfortable doing what you like with them.
Of course, I'm not an attorney, nor am I licensed in Pa. This is just opinion/suggestion & you should seek counsel from someone qualified to give it before proceeding.
Hey Cangrats on that new home and enjoy !!
I don't know what the laws are in your state regarding what I see as abandoned property. Certainly the former owner's actions back me up on the abandonment. One answer below stated waiting for 30 days beofre you can legally deal with the items. I would suggest you have your Attorney contact theirs regarding the chattel but it seems that after 30 days they are your to do with as you see fit. After all, you're not a storage unit for the former owner. Good luck!
With that, if indeed they belong to the seller, a common courtesy among you two should prevail. You made accommodations for them to pick them up, and they didn't show. It doesn't make them legally yours, as each state has their own laws, and what ever is in your contract.
Good luck. I am sick and tired of people thinking that it is ok how they run their lives without thinking of the inconvenience to others.
Although these items are personal, not real property, the listing and or seller's disclosure should have clearly stated if they were included in the purchase. From what you have said, I would assume they were not, but check. If so, she has no right to them. If not, then when you agreed at closing , to let her pick them up after, was there a witness to this verbal agreement? That could help you, but your best bet is to notify the seller IN WRITING, with a specific timeframe within which to pick them up, otherwise you will dispose of them yourself. I would also copy the seller's agent as well as the escrow agent, just to protect you. Then follow that to the letter. Technically, if they were left after closing, they become yours, and if she made an agreement with you but breached that , then you should have no more obligation to waste your time.
Sadly, sometimes people who try to help others are taken advantage of. Like my father always joked, " no good deed goes unpunished...:)
Hope that helps...good luck
In real estate... a verbal contract is not enforceable. But I don't know if that carries to personal property. None of us are lawyers and therefore can't really address whether or not they're now "legally yours"...
It would seem that you have a verbal agreement... that seems to have been broken. Is some type of "notice" required?? I have no idea... not a lawyer. You may want to send them a notice (or leave them a voicemail) stating that if their stuff isn't out of your garage by (XX date/XXtime) that you'll consider it abandoned and will dispose of it.
It seems reasonable... but is it legal?? I have no idea.
Give her another call (text or email would be better) stating that she has 5 days to make arrangements to pick them up or they will be put outside with the other personal property left in the home (there is always something else.) I think you'll find her much more receptive this way. Of course i'm not suggesting to throw them out after 5 days but just giving the previous owner a time frame is enough.
But in fairness to the seller, I suggest you contact her one more time in a week or two and say if they don't provide a date when they will be picked up, your verbal agreement is over and the washer and dryer will be yours.