State Laws on Handling Abandoned Property

Where to find your state landlord-tenant law on abandoned property.


Most states regulate the way landlords must handle property left behind by departed tenants. Many set notice requirements as to how landlords must contact tenants regarding abandoned property. States may also regulate how landlords must store abandoned property and dispose of it if the tenant doesn’t claim his or her belongings. For details, check your state statute, listed below. Keep in mind that court cases not mentioned here may further describe proper procedures in your state.

  • Alabama: Ala. Code 1975 § 35-9A-423
  • Alaska: Alaska Stat. § 34.03.260
  • Arizona: Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 33-1370, 33-1368(E)
  • Arkansas: Ark. Code Ann. § 18-16-108
  • California: Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1965, 1980 to 1991
  • Colorado: Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-40-122, 38-20-116
  • Connecticut: Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 47a-11b, 47a-42
  • D.C.: No Statute (D.C. Code Ann. § 42-3505.01(o)1(A) is not currently in effect due to lack of funding)
  • Delaware: Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, §§ 5507, 5715
  • Florida: Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 715.104 to 715.111
  • Georgia: Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-55
  • Hawaii: Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-56
  • Idaho: Idaho Code § 6-311c (evictions)
  • Illinois: 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/9-318 (covers only crops)
  • Indiana: Ind. Code. Ann. §§ 32-31-4-1 to 32-31-4-5, 32-31-5-5
  • Iowa: Iowa Code § 555B.2 (covers mobile homes)
  • Kansas: Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-2565
  • Kentucky: No statute
  • Louisiana: La. Civ. Code § 2707, La. Civ. Proc. § 4705
  • Maine: Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, §§ 6005, 6013
  • Maryland: Md. Code, Real Property, § 8-208
  • Massachusetts: Mass. Gen. Laws §§ 239-3 and -4 (evictions)
  • Michigan: No statute
  • Minnesota: Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 504B.271 and 504B.365 (evictions)
  • Mississippi: No statute
  • Missouri: Mo. Rev. Stat. § 441.065
  • Montana: Mont. Code Ann. § 70-24-430
  • Nebraska: Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 69-2303 to 69-2314
  • Nevada: Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 118A.450, 118A.460
  • New Hampshire: N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 540-A:3(VII)
  • New Jersey: N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:18-72; 2A:18-82
  • New Mexico: N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-34.1
  • New York: No statute
  • North Carolina: N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 42-25.9, 42-36.2
  • North Dakota: N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-30.1
  • Ohio: No statute
  • Oklahoma: Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 130
  • Oregon: Ore. Rev. Stat. §§ 90.425, 105.165
  • Pennsylvania: 68 Pa. Stat. § 250.505.1
  • Rhode Island: R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-50
  • South Carolina: S.C. Code Ann. §§ 27-40-710(D), 27-40-730
  • South Dakota: S.D. Codified Laws Ann. §§ 43-32-25, 43-32-26
  • Tennessee: Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-405
  • Texas: Tex. Prop. Code § 92.014
  • Utah: Utah Code Ann. § 78B-6-816
  • Vermont: Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4462
  • Virginia: Va. Code Ann. §§ 55-248.38:1 to .38:2
  • Washington: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 59.18.310
  • West Virginia: W.Va. Code §§ 37-6-6, 55-3A-3(h)
  • Wisconsin: Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.05(5)
  • Wyoming: Wyo. Stat. § 1-21-1210
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