How long before personal property left behind by a roommate is considered abandoned?

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How long before personal property left behind by a roommate is considered abandoned?

And can I claim said property?

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Depending on the situation betwen you, she and the landlord, I would not consider it "abandoned" under the law.  Was she evicted?  Did she leave voluntarily?  If you do anything to her things it could be considered "conversion: under the law.  Please speak with some one and give them all the facts pertaining to her exit.  If there is a landlord in the picture her belongings are his or her problem and not yours and they need to affress it.  Good luck.


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