My tenant (staying last 4.5 years) got divorced and decided to move out because he cannot pay rent due to child support expense. His lease ends in August, but he said that he is moving out during March. I said OK. He did not pay March rent, saying last month’s deposit is March rent. He said that he will move his stuff and has removed most of his belongings. He left the key and told me its location. I told him not to disconnect utilities as I will need it for painting, fix-up etc. to which he agreed.
I went to inspect the house and found that he still has belongings in 2 bedrooms. How do I handle that and ask him to take out his stuff? He is not answering my numerous calls to his cell-phone and text messages. Today, I left him a message, nicely telling that I am moving his stuff to garage as I have to make the house ready for next tenant. I also told him that he has garage door opener, so he can take away his belongings any time he needs. He has not disconnected utilities on as promised. No major damage to property that I am not willing to handle.
He has been nice tenant so far, also recommended his friend for the lease. (I declined because his friends was not willing to pay the current rent, he wanted it cheaper.) Everything so far was discussed verbally and I do not have his forwarding address, though I was able to talk to him at work.
How do I handle this situation without getting in legal trouble and not pissing him?