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Apartment Abandonment

Having a dispute with a tenant or landlord? Rental Law discussion

Apartment Abandonment

Postby Melvin » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:00 am

I "had" a tenant that told me via voice-mail(yes I saved it) that he would be out at the end of the month. on his way out I asked him "are you all out?" his answer to me was " most definitely" I neglected to ask for the keys back. He did leave on bad terms as I have previously taken him to court for non payment of rent. as soon as he was caught up, he fell two months behind and this is when I received the voice-mail.

I went to inspect the apartment and it is 90% furnished. There are plates in the sink, food in the refrigerator two televisions, two air conditioners and several photographs, not to mention a couch, coffee table, and other items.

In new york city, what is the procedure for apartment abandonment? does this even fall under this category? I am a little lost as this is the first time someone has done this. I really suspect that its a ploy to take me to court or sue me in some way.
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Apartment Abandonment

Postby Aenedleah » Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:16 am

You are right to think he will sue you, he will.  Take his items to a storage facility.  Send him a certified letter letting him know his abandoned items were placed in the storage facility. If he wants the items, he can repay the storage fee and get the key from you.  Call a local lawyer to write the letter and verify local law before you act.
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Apartment Abandonment

Postby Saewald » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:01 am

I "had" a tenant that told me via voice-mail(yes I saved it) that he would be out at the end of the month. on his way out I asked him "are you all out?" his answer to me was " most definitely" I neglected to ask for the keys back. He did leave on bad terms as I have previously taken him to court for non payment of rent. as soon as he was caught up, he fell two months behind and this is when I received the voice-mail.

I went to inspect the apartment and it is 90% furnished. There are plates in the sink, food in the refrigerator two televisions, two air conditioners and several photographs, not to mention a couch, coffee table, and other items.

In new york city, what is the procedure for apartment abandonment? does this even fall under this category? I am a little lost as this is the first time someone has done this. I really suspect that its a ploy to take me to court or sue me in some way.
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