Ifa tenant hasnot been seen or heard from in a few months, what are the laws regarding their personal property left behind?

UPDATED: Sep 7, 2011

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Ifa tenant hasnot been seen or heard from in a few months, what are the laws regarding their personal property left behind?

New tenants moved in about 5 weeks ago, when they moved in they had to remove a lot of furniture and they placed it in a common area. The building we live in, once a tenant leaves and they leave property and 30 days have passed the landlord allows any tenants to take what was left for their own use. Is this legal?

Asked on September 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country there is an established written protocol of giving s former tenant notice of hs or her abandoned property and the need to pick up the items or they will be deemed abandoned and disposed of by action (if value over $300.00 in most states) or disposed of by gift, donation or discard by the landlord if value is under $300.00.

The requirement is that written notice be sent to the former tenant at the new forwarding address usually by way of certified mail return receipt requested advising of a certain date to pick up the items. If not complied with, the landlord then disposes of the items by auction or how he or she sees fit if less than a $300.00 or so aggregate.

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