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Question: “In Ohio, how long must personal property sit before it is considered abandoned property?”
Answer: There is no specific period of time. Property is abandoned when the owner expresses an intent to abandon it. For example, if you’ve been holding onto my property for 2 days, and I tell you that I no longer want it, then you have a strong case that I abandoned it. On the other hand, if you’ve been holding onto my property for 2 years, and I never said anything about abandoning it, then you have a weak case that I’ve abandoned it. Of course, you could make demands that I retrieve the property, and if I ignore those demands, then you would have a strong case that I abandoned it.
In sum, property is abandoned when the owner intends to abandon it. The owner’s intent can be proven with evidence that he failed to retrieve the property in a timely manner.
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