Interesting situation here. I moved into this certain apartment (where I'm at now) located a few blocks away from my university. (UCLA) I first checked out this place on August 21st, 2012; where the owner of this particular apartment (but not the complex), showed me around and I signed the lease the next day. The guy who "owns" this apartment lives in Africa running his business and leases it out to 4 college students during the regular school year. I moved in on the 1st of September, where my roommate was never around. Classes began on the 17th of September so figured he would surely return by then. Days progressed and he showed up one time, only to pick up some weed and then left. Since, we've never seen him. This is somewhat of a problem because for the month of September, his portion of the rent was paid with the deposit he originally submitted to the apartment complex...but when October came around he was not to be found. Aside, we have to assume he dropped outta school or something happened, considering he's never picked up or returned a phone call from any of us here at the apartment. When October rolled by, the 3 remaining people (which includes myself) paid for his portion of the rent and October came and went without any communication from him, though we've still tried calling. Then when this month of November came by we realized he was probably not gonna come back, so we found another roommate; to the agreement of the owner of the Apartment who is currently in Africa; who he too has not been able to reach this ghost of a roommate. We found a new roommate for November and here we are. The problem(s) are that this guy who has been missing for months on end still has all his belongings here. From guitars, violins, a beautiful flatscreen TV and an amazing bike, just to mention a few things, not including clothes and everything else you would expect. The current concern is that the new guy that has moved into the apartment to replace him, wants to seriously get rid of this guys stuff, including furniture so he can make way for his stuff, since he is living here and paying for it. As an aside, the all of us here are admittedly eyeing his stuff and wanting to keep some of it. It's not everyday you come across a nice flat screen and bike.. yet, he doesn't answer his phones and it's been months. If I was writing this thread back in mid September then this would be a different situation, but we're in mid November already and something needs to be done. To make way and etc. etc. Any advice? I can't help but wonder what the legality of all this is?