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When is property left behind by a tenant considered abandoned property?

This has been a nagging question for many years.  Now Pennsylvania landlords and property managers have an answer. On July 5th, the Governor signed a bill into law that amends the long standing Lanlord Tenant Act to provide an answer that question.  Landlords must now give a 10 day notice to their tenants which notifies the tenant that they have 10 days to notify the landlord as to their intention of what they will do with the property left in the residence.

Upon relinquishment of the premises, the tenant shall have ten days to contact the landlord regarding the tenant’s intent to remove any personal property remaining on the premises. If the tenant indicates the intention to return and pick up his property, the personal property shall be retained by the landlord at a site of the landlord’s choosing for thirty days. If no communication is made to the landlord within ten days, the property may be disposed of at the end of the ten days at the discretion of the landlord.  Relinquishment occurs when the landlord gains possession of the property by court order or when the the tenant has physically vacated the premises and removed  substantially all personal property.  If no communication is made to the landlord within ten days, the property may be disposed of at the end of the ten days at the discretion of the landlord.

The rules as far as disposal of the property is set forth in the new law.  Click here to read the new abandoned property law.  

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