I own a rental condo in and it was recently raided by the state police for drugs. The condo was being used as a drug house. The occupants were taken into custody. Do I have to officially file a eviction action or can I just assume they will be in jail and just sign a new lead with new tenants. They also left personal Propery behind. Do I have to hold onto the personal property or can I get rid of if?
You are smart to ask and not just assume. Yes, you must file for eviction, and yes you must comply with the abandoned property statutes.
Also after the eviction action, the landlord must secure the tenants property for a period of time. After which the property is considered abandoned, if you have told then Tenant where the property is and how they can contact you or the storage unit to retrieve the property.
It would be best to take pictures or video of the property before you move it and then move it to the storage unit.
You must file for eviction, but you must first send the proper notices. This conduct constitutes grounds to evict under the Anti-Eviction Act. Don't do anything with the personal property until the eviction action has been completed.
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