What should a landlord do with abandoned property?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2021 | Real Estate Law |

Landlords in the Roseland area have many situations they encounter that may be complicated. When a renter doesn’t pay their rent, a landlord will begin the eviction process. When this happens, often times, the occupant leaves behind personal property. What should a landlord do with this property?

Give notice

Often the property that is left behind when a tenant is evicted is garbage. If that’s the case, then it’s pretty straightforward and the landlord can remove the garbage. However, if there’s property of value remaining there is a legal responsibility for the landlord to hold on to it. The landlord should give notice that there is personal property remaining in the unit to the tenant.

The notice must:

  • Be sent to the tenant’s known address via certified mail, return receipt requested or by receipted first class mail.
  • State that the property will be disposed of by throwing it away or sold by a certain date
  • Tell the tenant that the items will be held for 30 days from date of delivery or 33 days after the notice is mailed, whichever comes first.
  • If the property is a mobile home the items will be held for 75 days from date of delivery of notice or 78 days from mailing, whichever comes first.

A legal professional who is skilled in real estate law can advise their client on any landlord-tenant issues. There are many state and federal laws that deal with landlord and tenant issues, and it can be complicated. An attorney can offer helpful advice to their client and guide them through any disputes they may encounter.