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There will be times when you find yourself dealing with a tenant's abandoned personal belongings after he/she has vacated the property voluntarily or by eviction. You're probably wondering what you would do with the stuff your tenant has left behind.
If you're faced with this situation, read this guide to know your responsibilities.
1. What is the first thing you should do if you believe that your former tenant has left his/her belongings behind?
2. How do you deliver the legal notice to the tenant?
3. Can you be held liable as a landlord if the tenant's property gets lost, stolen, or destroyed while it is still in storage?
4. When is the tenant's storage deadline date?
5. How do you conduct a public sale?
Let's talk about the first of these 5 questions. What is the first thing you should do if you believe that your former tenant has left his/her belongings behind?
In this situation, you need to provide your tenant or someone else who lived in the rental unit a legal notice. A legal notice is what the California Civil Code 1984 requires.
This module provides a downloadable legal notice which existing Landlord Prep students can access. Make sure to fill out this template completely.
Here are the details that the written notice should contain:
For the rest of this lesson, existing Landlord Prep students should log-in to the module entitled Ending a Lease - Abandoned Property.
Not a member yet? Join the Landlord Prep: Video E-Course and How-To Tutorials so you can access this section, download the legal notice, and get the complete DIY landlording course. This will help you stay confident and knowledgeable as a landlord.