Ok, I thought, maybe they just put all their trash in the garage. Then I walked inside and was greeted by a particular smell...air freshener and...is that pot??? I looked at one bedroom, then another, all of them full of junk and trash.
They took the important things...their drugs and their big screen TV. I was prepared for the possibility that they might steal some of my furniture but I never expected them to leave so much stuff behind!
The first thing I did after I found the pot was to call the police. The dispatcher said that they don't send an officer out for vandalism but when I mentioned that there was something that looked and smelled like pot then she said she would send someone out...sometime. It took 2 hours which is fine because it wasn't an emergency. I was much calmer by then (maybe from the fumes?) and glad to have someone else there to witness the disaster. The officer decided that there might be enough evidence to suggest that they were dealing so he wrote up a report and had another officer take photos of the bathroom. They also found pot magazines (I didn't know there was such a thing) and a scale that could have been used for drugs. I am glad that there will be a report in the system with their name on it.
I also found out that I am obligated to store my tenant's stuff. That really adds insult to injury. I have to send them a letter stating that their stuff will be thrown away or sold in 10 days. Unfortunately, my next tenants show up in 8 days so I have to move their stuff to storage (probably to my other garage). They even left a car. I'll have to tow it and then I don't know what I will do with it. And where am I going to put the aquarium???
Well, anyway, the first step is finished. I had the locks changed for a whopping $250. Having to do stuff in a hurry really makes it hard to shop around and save money. Tomorrow, bright and early, I am going back to the house to sort trash from tenant treasure. I have hired 2 guys to trim the trees, clean up the yard and haul trash to the dump. Some ladies are helping me sort and clean. When all the junk is gone I will have the carpets and couches cleaned. Maybe then it will start to look (and smell) like my house again.