Question about legal process for eviction

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Hi all, 

I have a tenant in an inherited property that is sponsored by HUD. She has not paid anything in rent since September, 2014 when my grandparents passed away (they owned the property). We notified HUD in May that she was not going to pay any rent or back rent so they issued her a notice to vacate on May 29th. She has since left the property but refused to return the key. She also left a few small items behind (an old TV, a bed, ironing board and a drawer of junk). She is not living at the property and left the doors unlocked but no key was left. I need to go in and change the locks so we can get the property ready for a new tenant. I do not want anything to come back and bite me so I am looking for advice. Since she has left the property should I take the remaining items and leave them under the carport for pick up and re-key the locks or do I have to go through the formal eviction process through the courts? It doesn't seem like it is worth the effort since she abandoned the property and will not return phone calls.

Thanks in advance! Any help is appreciated.

check your state laws but you only have to store the property for 30 days ,you can charge reasonable fees and send her notice  where her stuff is stored Don,t worry about the keys change the locks 

@Hayley Courtney

You can deem the property abandoned and take possession and do not have to go through the eviction process

In Texas, you are supposed to store the property for 60 days before disposing of it

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