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What is Abandonment of Property?

The abandonment of property is when a person voluntarily gives up all rights, possession, and ownership of property with no intention of reclaiming it at a later date. Read below where Experts have answered questions related to property abandonment. 

Is there a time allowance in Michigan that a tenant can be charged with property abandonment?

According to Michigan law, there is no time frame in which a person can leave property and it be considered to be property abandonment. The landlord would need to go through the formal eviction process and the sheriff has to set the property out.

How can a spouse show abandonment on the property if the ex-spouse is out of the country?

The person would need to have it in the divorce decree that they own the house and that the ex-spouse has no rights to it. Abandonment of the property would not be a factor in the case of a divorce and the bank would only need the divorce decree to show that they and they alone own the house.

In Florida, if a child has inherited a home from the parents and the siblings do not want a part of it or the upkeep; can their part be considered abandoned property?

In the state of Florida, the abandonment laws only pertain to the landlord/tenant relationship. The person would need to go to court and file a suit against the siblings to gain repayment for the expenses that they incurred and had no help from them. When the person gets the judgment for the repayment and the siblings do not repay the money that was awarded, then the person can take the portion of the house that the siblings own as repayment of the debt.

What can a person do if they were not able to pick up their property from an ex’s house, said they would return for it and when they went back it was gone?

This would not be considered abandonment of the property. The person can take the ex to court and sue for the cost of the property or the return of the property. The person may also want to talk to the local prosecutor and police, because this could be considered theft. 

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