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What do you do when a tenant vacates and leaves personal property behind?

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If the tenant has vacated and left behind items the landlord must keep the items for 18 days. You must also send notice of abandonment of personal property to the last known address. If resident claims the items you can charge for storage costs. If tenant does not claim items and they are less than $300 you can dispose of them...if valued more than $300 they must be sold in public auction.


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Alexandra Machado, CPM |  Broker Associate


DRE 01838143


Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
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Thanks for sharing. I always wondered abot that. After they've left the items I thought disposing or maybe goodwill. Now I know better!
Dec 21, 2011 04:51 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Good information...thanks!

Dec 21, 2011 05:02 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Alexandra -- great comments - which may not apply outside California - but helps us remember to check the local rules when we have such situations, so that we don't get tied up in legal problems down the road.

Dec 21, 2011 06:08 AM
Alexandra Goldthwaite
HomePointe - Sacramento, CA

Good point Steven this is to abide by California law

Dec 22, 2011 05:38 AM