If a person dies at a rented house does the property owner keep his belongings if no one claims it after a certain time.?

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  • varies by state law............

  • 4 weeks ago

    State laws vary.  Intentional abandonment of personal property by a tenant is NOT the same as failing to clear things out before suddenly dying.  Some states have detailed statutes about contacting the personal representatives of the decedent and whatnot.  Some states have laws that simply treat it like property abandoned in an eviction, absent timely claims by the estate.

    Bottom line, the ESTATE owns the property and if nobody claims the estate, then it generally becomes the property of the state treasury.  You do NOT want to be the landlord who gets caught misappropriating state property because you thought it was "the same as abandoned by a tenant".   Some smart landlords even put in additional clauses about whom and how to contact another person if the sole tenant dies (or goes missing).

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The length of time a landlord needs to wait varies from state to state; but yes, if there is no will or next of kin the landlord can dispose of the property as they wish.  (Any money in the bank goes to the state).

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    You should look, for a WILL in his, or her belongings. If the renter doesn't have a WILL then next thing you should do is try to find out if he, or she has any living family members.

    If the renter doesn't have any family members, or a WILL then it's all yours. You don't have to wait a certain amount of time once you already know that the renter doesn't have a WILL, or family members. You can do whatever you want with the renter's belongings!

    If the renter had family members then you should try to contact at least one of them, and say that the person died, and you can talk about the renter's belongings with the family member.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Landlords have a responsibility to TRY to contact the family or next of kin to dispose of the property, but it's not a long-term responsibility. It's usually about 30-60 days--after that, if they haven't been able to get someone to claim them, they may dispose of them as they see fit. The law may vary from state to state about how much time they need to wait, but while waiting, they DO have to see to it that personal property is not damaged or allowed to be damaged. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    No.  It is not his to take.  He has a responsibility to contact the next of kin and ask for the belongings to be picked up.  He can store them in the meantime in order to re-rent the house.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 4 weeks ago

    Eventually the property is considered abandoned property, and the home owner can keep it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Normally the landlord would have a sympathetic view and would allow relatives to remove items within a reasonable time and then would only dispose if nobody has enquired after a reasonable time. I don't know the laws of each and every country.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The landlord has that option if the property is abandoned (determined by state law but typically 30 to 60 days) for the most part.  There are exceptions like auto's.  Those are towed away and impounded by the police.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Abandoned property laws vary by state.

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