How long does his family have to clear his belongings out of my rental?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Stanwood, WA

My son passed away a month ago. His ex wife and 2 adult children are taking his personal belongings.

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  1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell

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    Answered . First, please accept my condolences on your recent loss. It is my opinion that a person does not "abandon" a tenancy when they pass away, especially if their family is working to gather up his personal property. In the absence of a will, the personal property belongs to his adult children based on WA's intestacy statute. If he did not own real property, it is possible that there is no need for a formal probate. WA has a "small estate probate" that can be used when the decedent's estate is t allowed to seize personal property, so please review the RLTA for the statute about what to do when the tenant has left stuff behind.
    Hope this helps. Elizabeth Powell

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