Send him a certified, return receipt letter demanding it be removed by a certain date (at least 1 month). State that if it is not removed by that time, it will be considered abandoned - and you will dispose of it as you see fit. Keep a copy of the letter, and the signature when it comes back.
Then, if he doesn't pick up the property by that date ... you are free to get rid of it.
Mail him a letter that states in one month you will dispose of his property is he doesn't make arrangement to get them and have it delivered to him with a signature required through the USPS and make a copy. You will have proof that he received the letter and a copy of it to verify your request had a reasonable time frame. If he tries to sue you for the items you have proof that you did everything you could and he refused. You can also check with the RI police department on what you should do with the items. I wouldn't just throw the items out just yet in case he does try to sue then you may be held liable. You could also send an email and save the responses because you will need written documentation that you tried to give the stuff back but he refused.
10 months ago
Last edited at 10:13AM on 5/26/2013
The letter everyone recommends you send and keep receipt/copy of; is to show "good faith" , you did what was reasonable and should he come back at some later date claiming otherwise, you will have the proof needed to debunk his claims. Once you have this proof, get rid of his stuff anyway you care to.