Legal Question in Real Estate Law in California

What is a landlord's exposure/responsibility for a former tenent's abandoned property? Can I be sued for disposing the property?

Asked on 10/05/13, 6:40 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law

Sued? Yes. With success? Perhaps.

The relative rights of a landlord and a (former) tenant to property left behind upon termination of a rental are established by law.

I'd suggest three ways to figuring out what your rights are as a landlord: (1) read Civil Code sections 1980 to 1991, entitled "Disposition of Personal Property Remaining on Premises at Termination of Tenancy"; (2) get one of the paperback self-help law books on the general subject of "how to be a landlord in California" which include "The California Landlord's Law Book" (Nolo Press) by Brown and Warner, but there are others (be sure anything you use is California oriented!); or have a conference with a real estate attorney who represents landlords.

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Answered on 10/05/13, 8:21 pm

Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

I agree with Mr. Whipple.

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Answered on 10/07/13, 12:18 pm

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