State Laws on Handling Abandoned Property

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

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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 in this chart. Keep in mind that court cases not mentioned here may further describe proper procedures in your state.

State Statute State Statute

Alabama

Ala. Code 1975 § 35-9A-423

Missouri

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 441.065

Alaska

Alaska Stat. § 34.03.260

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. § 70-24-430

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1370

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 69-2303 to 69-2314

Arkansas

Ark. Code Ann. § 18-16-108

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 118A.450, 118A.460

California

Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1965, 1980 to 1991

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 540-A:3(VII)

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-40-122, 38-20-116

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:18-72; 2A:18-82

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 47a-11b, 47a-42

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-34.1

Delaware

Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, §§ 5507, 5715

New York

No statute

D.C.

D.C. Code Ann. § 42-3505.01(o)1(A)

North Carolina

N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 42-25.9, 42-36.2

Florida

Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 715.104 to 715.111

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-30.1

Georgia

Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-55

Ohio

No statute

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-56

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 130

Idaho

No statute

Oregon

Ore. Rev. Stat. §§ 90.425, 105.165

Illinois

735 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/9-318

Pennsylvania

No statute

Indiana

Ind. Code. Ann. §§ 32-31-4-1 to 32-31-4-5, 32-31-5-5

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-50

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. §§ 27-40-710(D), 27-40-730

Iowa

No statute

South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws Ann. §§ 43-32-25, 43-32-26

Kansas

Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-2565

Tennessee

Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-405

Kentucky

No statute

Texas

Tex. Prop. Code § 92.014

Louisiana

La. Civ. Code § 2707, La. Civ. Proc. § 4705

Utah

Utah Code Ann. § 78B-6-816

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, §§ 6005, 6013

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4462

Maryland

Md. Code, Real Property, § 8-208

Virginia

Va. Code Ann. §§ 55-248.38:1 to .38:2

Massachusetts

No statute

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 59.18.310

Michigan

No statute

West Virginia

W.Va. Code §§ 37-6-6, 55-3A-3

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 504B.271

Wisconsin

Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.05(5)

Mississippi

No statute

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. § 1-21-1210

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