SB 536 Modifies law regarding landlord disposition of tenant property
Sponsor: Bartle
LR Number: 1539S.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 3/3/2005 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S363
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2005

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SB 536 - This act modifies the current law with respect to the landlord's disposition of tenant property. Under this act, if the landlord reasonably believes that the tenant has abandoned the premises, all personal property that the tenant has left on the premises may be removed. The landlord may not be held to respond in damages in an action by a tenant claiming loss by reason of the landlord's election to destroy, sell, or otherwise dispose of the property. No claim shall lie in conversion or any other cause of action for the destruction, sale, or disposal of the tenant's property if the provisions of this section have been followed. If, however, the landlord deliberately or negligently violated the provisions of this section, the landlord shall be liable for actual damages. This act removes the requirement that the rent be unpaid for 30 days and removes the notice requirement from the landlord that the landlord will dispose of the tenant's property.

STEPHEN WITTE