NY does not have a statute that governs abandoned property; so if there are provisions in a lease that address this that is controlling; if there is no lease then the landlord will generally do the following:
1. provide a written inventory to the tenant of the property
2. specify a date by which the property must be picked up, notifying that the property will be sold if not picked up
3. storing the property in a safe place
4. after the lapsed time period (usually 30 days) holding a public auction, after publication in a paper, to sell the property
5. the landlord can deduct the cost of storage, publication etc and would return the remaining funds to the tenant.
If the property has little value then it is usually discarded instead of auctioned.
The landlord can collect rent for a full 30 days after the tenant abandons the property since the tenant must provide 30 days notice to terminate a month to month tenancy (a court typically will find an implied or oral month to month contract if there is no written contract).
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