SB 231 Exempts landlords from liability for loss or damage to tenants' personal property when executing an order for possession of premises
Sponsor: Cunningham
LR Number: 1201S.02T Fiscal Note: 1201-02
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 7/9/2009 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
Title: SCS SB 231 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009
House Handler: Stevenson

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SCS/SB 231 - This act provides that except for willful, wanton, or malicious acts, landlords are not liable to any tenant for any loss or damages to household goods, furnishings, fixtures, or any other personal property left at or in the dwelling by reason of the landlord's removal of the property under a court-ordered execution for possession of the premises.

If, after the sheriff completes the court-ordered execution, property is left by the tenant in or at the dwelling that is identified as the property of a third party, the landlord shall send notice to the third party by certified mail with a return receipt requested. The third party has the opportunity to recover the property within five business days of the date notice is received. If the landlord is unable to notify the third party, the landlord may dispose of the property and is not liable for the loss or damage.

This act is similar to SCS/SB 781 (2008) and SCS/SB 629 (2007).

EMILY KALMER