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 (abandoned) by departed tenants. Many set notice requirements as to how landlords must contact tenants regarding abandoned property and what to do if the tenant doesn't respond to the notice. States may also regulate how landlords must store abandoned property and dispose of it if the tenant doesn’t claim his or her belongings. Sometimes state rules on abandoned property vary depending on the circumstances of the tenant's departure (for example, if a tenant moves out after giving proper notice versus someone who is evicted in a court proceeding). For details, check your state statute, listed below. You can find these statutes on the website maintained by the Cornell Legal Information Institute.

State Laws on Handling Abandoned Property

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. §§ 38-20-116, 13-40-122

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:18-72 to 2A:18-84

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.

No statute

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

Ringler v. Sias, 428 N.E.2d 869 (Ohio Ct. App. 1980)

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 521-56

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 130

Idaho

Idaho Code § 6-311C

Oregon

Ore. Rev. Stat. §§ 90.425, 105.165

Illinois

735 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/9-318

Pennsylvania

68 P.S. § 250.505a

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

Khan v. Heritage Prop. Mgmt., 584 N.W.2d 725, 730 (Iowa Ct. App. 1998)

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; Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 4854a

Maryland

Md. Code, Real Property, § 8-208

Virginia

Va. Code Ann. §§ 55-225.40 to 55-225.42; 55-248.38:1 to 55-248.38:2

Massachusetts

M.G.L.A. 239 § 4

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

Miss. Code Ann. §§ 89-7-31, 89-7-35, 89-8-13

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. § 1-21-1210

Updated: November 2017

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