Thank you to everyone who left comments yesterday. I would love to answer each one of them but I am sooo tired. I am going to be frantic all week about getting the house ready for new people. I was at the house at 7 am and my friend and the neighbor worked all day. The guy that I hired made 2 trips to the dump and cleaned up all the trash in the yard and pruned the trees. I still need someone to pick up all the dog doodoo. I almost have everything sorted. I found a tiny little scale and called the policeman who was out yesterday to see if he wanted it. He said there was some residue that he could test so he took it as evidence. I found a bunch of large red light bulbs. Does anyone know if they are used to grow plants? I am sure my tenants will not contact me to get their possessions back. If they do I will have the police waiting for them. I'm sure they would like to chat.
I also found a crack pipe in one of the bedrooms and lots and lots of checkbooks. I bet those belonged to the mysterious roommate who my tenants claimed stole their $3,000. They told me she was in to drugs and they don't associate with those kinds of people so they kicked her out. I guess the pot smokers don't consider pot a drug. They look down on the crack users. Everyone can look down on someone else for something. I remember when my tenants wanted to rent the place. They told me that they had been property managers and that they were Crime-Free Certified by the city. That means that they went to a class on drug and violence awareness and now they have the power to do a speedy eviction. Good for them. They also know how to hide their activities and work around the law.
Regarding the vehicle, since I have to keep it for 10 days after I notify them by mail, I can't leave it in my driveway because I need my driveway cleared in 7 days. If I keep it and apply for an abandoned title later on, I need to find someone with a trailer to haul it. The guy who took the stuff to the trash for me was going to pull the car behind his but the steering wheel is locked so he can't do that. We found lots of keys in the house but none went to the car. I can't donate it unless the charity is willing to tow it and then wait for the 10 days to go by. I'll call some charities on Monday and find out.
There is still so much to do. I have a carpet cleaner coming to give me an estimate on Monday IF they can salvage the carpet. I'm thinking about having someone install linoleum in the master bath and closet because there is a large stain that looks like blood and a black stain where they dumped their ashes. I hope I don't need new carpet for the whole house although it would make things smell a lot better.
The handyman is going to fill all of the nail holes and do touch-up painting for me, replace the bedroom door and the kitchen faucet and unclog two drains. Oh, and I just found a hole in the wall from the door knob in the master bedroom. I'll still need to hire some house cleaners because there is a lot more to do. And I need to buy new mini-blinds and curtains for every room and an entertainment center and...and...and... At least I can see progress. But right now I need a shower with lots of soap!