Uncategorized March 29, 2011

Tenant Abandonment

That if a tenant abandons a rental property, the landlord must store the tenant’s belongings for 45 days after learning of the abandonment? The courts have stated that there must be, “clear, unequivocal and decisive evidence” of “an absolute relinquishment of premises by a tenant.” The landlord must attempt to notify the tenant of the place where the property is being stored and how the tenant can claim the items. In a recent court case a tenant was awarded $76,275.55 when this process was not properly followed.*

*Dill v. Equity Residential Properties Management Corp., Washington Court of Appeals, No. 38063-3-II.