If someone leaves their personal property in your home for more than 30 days is it then considered yours?

Asked on August 15, 2011 North Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If someone leaves his or personal property in your home for more than thirty (30) days, it is normally not considered abandoned and is not now the property of the owner of the home.

In a situation where property is left behind by a tenant or a guest, the required protocol is to call the person who left it asking for the item to be picked up as soon as possible with a confirming letter sent.

If the property is still not picked up, written notice is then sent to the property's owner stating that the property if not picked up within a second stated time period, it will be considered abandoned and if not picked up, the property will have the option to dispose of it through auction, donation, disposal or removal to an offsite storage facility depending upon the estimated fair market value of the items left behind.

Items valued at $300.00 or less that have been left behind generally can be disposed of by the property owner as he or she sees fit.


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