DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN my next-door neighbour asked me to store some of his possessions in my shed I agreed – on condition he paid me £4 each week.
He’d had a flood at his house and wanted to store the items for three months.
But three years on, they are still in my shed and he’s gone AWOL.
I’m a 58-year-old widower, and I retired from work due to health problems.
He is 60, and we were neighbours for 20 years.
I thought I could trust him, but he never gave me a penny of the money he promised.
I’ve heard he has moved to another town. I can’t even contact him because he has blocked my number.
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It’s making me feel stressed and down.
But I’m worried that if I throw his stuff away I’ll get into trouble.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Your neighbour has taken advantage of your kindness.
It now looks like he has abandoned his possessions and has no intention of retrieving them or paying you.
You are not obliged to keep storing his things indefinitely.
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Unfortunately, unless you had a written contract, it’s unlikely you will recover the debt.
Contact citizensadvice.org.uk about this and about whether you can dispose of his belongings.
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