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Whether your last lease ended amicably or atrociously, your former tenant may have left a few of their things behind. So how long do you need to wait before clearing their belongings out? And do you have to hold onto their stuff before you toss it into the trash? Can you keep it if you like it?

State laws on leases and rental agreements can vary, so the answer may depend on where your rental unit is located. The answer will also depend on whether the property was left behind after the lease ended or after an eviction. Generally, however, here's some advice on what to do with a former tenant's things.

Can You Evict A Subtenant?

Rental relationships are hard. At first, you and your subtenant are friends. He's nice, clean, pays rent on time. Then, something happens, and the relationship sours. The subtenant stops washing the dishes, trashes the house, and refuses to pay rent!

Can you evict him? Can your landlord evict him?

Due to a legal concept called the statute of limitations, some homeowners may be able to keep their homes despite years of missed mortgage payments.

In Florida, one homeowner may have beaten her foreclosure because the case against her was dismissed by the court. Since the statute of limitation on foreclosing her home has passed, the bank cannot refile its claim against her.

Sounds too good to be true? Here is what you need to know about foreclosures and the statute of limitations:

Maybe it was nice having your recent college graduate back home for a little. (Or maybe your child didn't go away to school.) And maybe the job market really is that rough out there. (Or maybe you're wondering if your son or daughter is even looking.)

Either way, if it's three years later and junior is still ensconced in his child bedroom, playing video games all day, coming home late at night, and eating all the Hot Pockets, you might be wondering if there's any way to get your kid out of your house.

Lucky for you, there are ways to evict an adult child, but also concerns that come along with them.

You're a landlord. You let someone rent your house or a room in your house. Is he a tenant or a lodger? Is there a difference?

The rights and responsibilities of a landlord are many. However, if you don't know the difference between a tenant and a lodger, you may be getting yourself into legal hot water or creating unnecessary headaches for yourself.

So, what's the difference between a tenant and a lodger? Why does it matter?

What is the difference between a lease and a license?

They may sound like the same thing, and you may have heard the terms used interchangeably. However, a lease and a license are two separate legal concepts that offer different rights and duties.

A lease is an agreement between a landlord and a tenant that gives the tenant an exclusive interest in a property. A license is permission from the owner to a licensee to do something on the owner's property. As with all things law related, the distinction is never so simple.

To determine the difference between a license and a lease, we look at:

The minute we fork over that lump sum at the beginning of our lease, we're worried (or we should be) about how to get a security deposit returned from a landlord.

Landlords are already keeping track of the kinds of costs they can deduct from your deposit, so you should equally as diligent about getting all, or most, of your security deposit back.

Here are a few tips you may want to keep in mind:

It's becoming a more common question: Do landlords need to give Spanish-speaking tenants Spanish-language rental documents?

As the nation's population has grown more diverse, so have our legal interactions, especially between landlords and tenants. Considering the legal requirements to comply with state contract law, tenant rights, and fair housing statutes, there may be cases where landlords must supply tenants with residential lease documents in Spanish.

If this applies to you, FindLaw's collection of legal forms in Spanish, available for purchase here (scroll down to "Formularios en Español"), may speak to your needs. Here are three Spanish-language forms that landlords may find particularly useful:

Legal How-To: Paying Off Someone Else's Mortgage

When it comes to giving a gift that might truly last a lifetime, paying off someone else's mortgage might be the ultimate present.

Video of a young tech entrepreneur paying off his parents' mortgage for Christmas last week has gone viral, The Sacramento Bee reports. Joe Riquelme, founder of the smartphone app Videoshop, posted the video to YouTube, where it has since racked up over 7 million views.

How can those considering paying off someone else's mortgage next Christmas (or any time before then) do the same? Here's a general overview of what you need to know:

Don't dump trash in the Grand Canyon. That's the message that you might learn from a rafter who was just ordered to pay close to $2,500 for dumping trash in the Colorado River.

In a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, federal prosecutors announced that Nels Nicholas Niemi, 75, was ordered to pay fines and court costs after being found guilty of "dumping refuse into the Colorado River." Niemi was leading a group down a 12-day rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park when the violation occurred.

Why is this Grand Canyon dumping case so special?