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abandonment (by Jacobo Chavez [NV]) Oct 27, 2008 7:18 PM
       abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Oct 27, 2008 7:32 PM
       abandonment (by Joe [TN]) Oct 27, 2008 8:10 PM
       abandonment (by Jenn [OK]) Oct 27, 2008 9:26 PM
       abandonment (by John [NJ]) Oct 28, 2008 4:41 AM
       abandonment (by billy button [MA]) Oct 28, 2008 7:20 AM
       abandonment (by JAC [OH]) Oct 28, 2008 7:25 AM
       abandonment (by Brooks [NJ]) Oct 28, 2008 8:01 AM
       abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Oct 28, 2008 9:09 AM
       abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Oct 28, 2008 9:16 AM
       abandonment (by Opinionated [NC]) Oct 28, 2008 4:37 PM
       abandonment (by Jacobo Chavez [NV]) Oct 28, 2008 6:56 PM
       abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Oct 28, 2008 11:43 PM

abandonment (by Jacobo Chavez [NV]) Posted on: Oct 27, 2008 7:18 PM

State Specific Question About: NEVADA (NV)

My tennant left the rental house one week ago and failed to leave me the keys,owing one months rent and 2 and a half months electric bill.My question is may I enter the house to clean it up .

JC --70.170.xxx.xx

abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Posted on: Oct 27, 2008 7:32 PM

If you do not have the keys or a written, signed/dated statement to verify that the tenant has vacated the property, you do not actually have possession of the property. Be very careful to review the landlord tenant laws for the state/county/city where the rental property is located. Some landlord tenant laws are extremely clear as to what a landlord must go through to verify that the property has been abandoned. Follow the laws that apply to the letter.

If you do enter the property, be sure you bring a witness with you and photograph and/or video tape the property as it was left. Again, though, take a witness and do not touch anything until you have verified that any/all laws have been followed.

Let us know what you find out by doing some research... --216.244.x.xxx

abandonment (by Joe [TN]) Posted on: Oct 27, 2008 8:10 PM

Being a landlord takes lots of initiative on your part. I say don't be afraid so much of what might happen but just take over and run your property. The people are gone. It is yours so go on in, clean it up, and get it rerented. Your chances of ever hearing from an abandoning tenant is one in a million. If you might get the one in a million that does come back he/she won't have enough on the ball to do any thing anyway. I have taken a dozen or two that way and never heard again. Be assertive. --65.6.xx.xxx

abandonment (by Jenn [OK]) Posted on: Oct 27, 2008 9:26 PM

Say it isn't so, Joe!!!!!! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself. No personal insult intended! ;-) I guess I had that one in a million tenant (twice) and boy am I glad I followed the wisdom given to me here on MrLandlord!

Know your states laws! Follow them! There is a link on this site that will take you to it. If you are going to try and collect what they owe then do what Laura said as well.

Mine states that I have to send them a certified notice of abandonment that gives them a certain amount of time to get their things out and give me my keys.

Get started yesterday and good luck! --98.160.xx.xx

abandonment (by John [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 4:41 AM

I never understood the key thing. Most people including tenants have multiple set of keys and may not understand or take the time to leave the keys behind for the landlord to take possesion when the tenant leaves. Even if the tenant left a set of keys, they could always lie in court saying no keys were left and show a copy of the keys. Likewise, a landlord could always pull out a copy of the tenant's keys to show the judge while saying they are the keys left by the tenant.


New Jersey --192.4.xxx.xxx

abandonment (by billy button [MA]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 7:20 AM

i would try hard to get the keys,even offering money for them if needed.once they give the keys its agreed they are gone.if they give no keys they could always argue they are still tenants.25 or 50 is short money versus a month or 2 rent lost while u try to decide whether they are gone and hope they dont dispute u.sometimes they claim they are still there.i have read cases where the landlord goes into an "abandoned "apt and does a bunch of things and tosses a bunch of things and the tenant sues claiming he still lives there. --208.58.x.xx

abandonment (by JAC [OH]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 7:25 AM

I thought you said you saw the keys on the window sill when you went back to look. --161.155.xxx.xx

abandonment (by Brooks [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 8:01 AM

He called and told you the key was on the kitchen counter. You're good to go! --72.82.xxx.xx

abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 9:09 AM

The problem is that the landlord does not have legal possession of the property. As such, the laws have to be followed so that the landlord can regain legal possession of the property. A landlord may not self-evict and has to go through the courts or will be subjecting him/herself to legal issues/penalties. Both landlords and tenants are required to follow the laws. --216.244.x.xxx

abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 9:16 AM

I located the following information online, which may be of some help to Jacobo Chavez (NV) and to those who don't think that there are clear laws apply:


One thing that was not clear in the initial post is when the lease agreement expires. That is important to the situation.

Let us know how things work out. I hope that you will be able to get to the bottom of the situation soon. --216.244.x.xxx

abandonment (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 4:37 PM

My procedure may not follow the letter of the law, so lets don't tell anyone. If I suspect abandonment of the property, I use my key to open the door and look inside. I do not actually go in unless the place looks empty from the open door. If empty, I enter and change locks. If still occupied, I close and lock the door and leave. --66.226.xx.xxx

abandonment (by Jacobo Chavez [NV]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 6:56 PM

I would like to thank all of you for your advice.The guy that abandoned my place came by my house and gave me check for $350.00and told me he was having many problems,and that I could take my house back and that he would try to pay me what he owes me.I must wait to see if the check is good.

Jack C. --70.170.xxx.xx

abandonment (by Laura [KS]) Posted on: Oct 28, 2008 11:43 PM

I'm glad to hear that you were able to get some clarity re: your situation. I hope that the check clears and the tenant cooperates. Good luck! --216.244.x.xxx

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