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I can't find my state's tenant abandonment laws! Help if you can!

Asked by BBSDTfamily (6829points) September 25th, 2009

I live in Mississippi. Our tenant moved out 8 months ago and left a Playstation2, 2 controllers, and a Rock Band microphone behind. I’ve called him and texted him about the items he left here, but he has made no attempt to pick them up. At what point can I throw them out/give them away? I don’t feel like it’s my responsibility to keep calling him or to keep storing his stuff, but maybe it is and I don’t want to do anything illegal. I do not have a forwarding address for him.

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

Did you not provide for this in the lease? All the leases I’ve ever had to sign basically said that whatever I left after the mutually agreed-upon move-out date belonged to the landlord.

Also, it might help future posters if you include your state.

XOIIO's avatar

Keep that stuff! (unless you want to sell it, but I’d keep it)

BBSDTfamily's avatar

@La_chica_gomela Thank you! I edited it. No I didn’t include it in my lease, bad thing to forget on my part!

BBSDTfamily's avatar

@XOIIO We don’t play video games, and we’re having a garage sale in a few weeks, so…

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Well, I did find this document about Miss. rental laws, which has a section stating the landlord’s responsibilities, and it doesn’t mention anything about keeping their stuff. I’ll keep looking though.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

@La_chica_gomela Thanks! I searched and looked through that document too before asking and couldn’t find anything either. I thought maybe I’m misunderstanding something- surely there is a definite way to handle the situation

YARNLADY's avatar

Maybe this general article about abandoned property of tenants will help.

Judi's avatar

Do you have a local Apartment Association, or Rental Housing Association?
Membership is fairly cheap considering the benefits, one of which is having people to talk to who deal with this stuff locally every day. They will know your local laws regarding abandoned property.
I am on my iPhone or I would google Mississippi Apartment Association for you. They may even have some info on their website, but I doubt it because they probably want to reserve this info for members.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

@Judi It was just a college student renting a room in our home. Thanks for the tips, I will look into it

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