Abandoned property is one to which the owner has relinquished all rights including reasonable expectation of privacy. Generally, abandoned property becomes the property of person who finds it and takes possession of it first. Examples of abandoned property are possessions left in a house after the tenant has moved out, vehicles left beside a road for a long period of time and or patent rights of an inventor who does not apply for a patent and allows others to use his/her invention without protest. However, an easement and other land rights are not abandoned property just because of non-use.
Abandoned property laws govern the requirements that must be followed to dispose of unclaimed property. Please view your state laws below for the requirements in your state.
Laws are provided for Self Storage facilities and general abandoned property law.