so one of the renters you evicted has left an apartment full of valueable items, you don't try to sell it to recover some of their default?
Never had that happen but I would ask my lawyer before I did anything with the stuff. I was lucky as my wife worked in a law office and as long as we did not come-off as too "needy" we got almost free services and only had to pay for court time.
Mostly it was renters skipping out during the housing boom when they could buy a house cheaper than what they were paying for rent.
The funny part is I always tried working with good renters that wished to buy a home and let them out of their lease. In fact I sold one of the homes to a renter. I did not stoop to renting to section 8ers so on the whole I decent luck with renters.
I always wondered if Karma caught up with those that skipped what with all the "creative financing" available at the time.