??? - Posted by Steve-WA
Posted by Steve-WA on June 25, 2006 at 11:10:38:
she moved out - tenancy is terminated, aloha, hasta la vista, bye bye?
Surely there’s an abandoned property statute that gives a procedure and a time limit . . .
a google search of NC L/T law turns this up:
NC General Statute 42-25.9(e) states -
“(e) For purposes of subsection (d), personal property shall be deemed abandoned if the landlord
finds evidence that clearly shows the premises has been voluntarily vacated after the paid rental
period has expired and the landlord has no notice of a disability that caused the vacancy. A
presumption of abandonment shall arise 10 or more days after the landlord has posted
conspicuously a notice of suspected abandonment both inside and outside the premises and has
received no response from the tenant.”
and subsection (d) states -
“(d) If any tenant abandons personal property of five hundred dollar ($500.00) value or less in the
demised premises, or fails to remove such property at the time of execution of a writ of
possession in an action for summary ejectment, the landlord may, as an alternative to the
procedures provided in G.S. 42-25.9(g), 42-25.9(h), or 42-36.2, deliver the property into the
custody of a nonprofit organization regularly providing free or at a nominal price clothing and
household furnishings to people in need, upon that organization agreeing to identify and
separately store the property for 30 days and to release the property to the tenant at no charge
within the 30-day period. A landlord electing to use this procedure shall immediately post at the
demised premises a notice containing the name and address of the property recipient, post the
same notice for 30 days or more at the place where rent is received, and send the same notice by
first-class mail to the tenant at the tenant’s last known address. Provided, however, that the notice
shall not include a description of the property.”
Seems to me (But I’m no lawyer) that if you post conspicuously a notice of suspected abandonment both inside and outside the premises for 10 days (5 days if value is less than $100, by subsection (h)), move the crap somewhere for storage purposes (by subsection (g)), then after the ten days, you can dump it.
A lot of the ambiguity seems to stem from the situation of an evicted tenant, but you said she moved - voluntarily? If so, it seems clear - to me, but I’m a black & white kinda guy, and you yourself stated that your emotions were in play here, because of the involvement of children . . .
geez, I never put this much thought and research into a response - my head hurts . . .