There is no law
in NY that states that an individual has "abandoned" property if they do not use it for a certain amount of time, or are not seen, etc. Now, the state may file a suit to escheat
the property (i.e. take it) if the individual is presumed passed away and no relatives can be found.
However, barring that, the property remains that of the missing individual. A condo board cannot "take" the property simply because they are not around, I am afraid. However, the individual may be fined for not following certain rules/having the property in a certain way of course, and eventually, the fine may turn into a lien, and the lien may be used to foreclose on the property.
However, there is no rule that has the property considered "abandoned" after a certain time.
Finally, if someone else
lives in the property without permission, they can claim title after some years due to adverse possession
law (i.e. squatter's rights). However, that is different.
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