How to recover my valuables if they are locked in a friend's house?
Question Details: I am a musician and visual artist. My friend and I planned on building a photography darkroom in his house. I brought the necessary supplies there. I wound up having to move from my then apartment across the street from his house into a very small room and had no place to put all my musical equipment and artwork. My friend offered to keep it at the house along with the darkroom gear I had already put there for our project. I moved into a large house and wanted to get my belongings back but discovered that my friend's phone had been disconnected and he did not come to the door when I knocked. An internet search revealed that the house had been sold and that the sale is pending but has not closed due to unpaid property taxes. I found the realtor representing my friend and he originally agreed to let me into the house but a few days later someone else from the office emailed saying my friend id still living in the house and I should try knocking on the door. I tried again and no response. Should I call the police and would they be able to help me get in I would need to hire movers, so how would I coordinate this?
The police will not help you not without a court order. You will have to bring a legal action in country court for "unlawful distraint" (when someone seizes and holds your possessions illegally) to get a court order for their return. Contact the county court clerk's office and explain what is happening; they should be able to direct you to forms and instructions.