Once the police were done with their investigation of the home where the two Isis related shooters lived they released it to the landlord. Should the landlord have opened up the house to the general public and allowed the local media to swarm the house with cameras and video equipment?
Rents 2 Riches cannot give legal advice on situations like this, however, we feel this landlord made a major mistake. Possibly a big financial mistake. It is not know to us regarding the actual steps the landlord took. Once the police released this home back to the landlord, the landlord should have followed all landlord tenant laws in place in San Bernardino County of California. The landlord should have three things in mind once a situation like this happens; Regaining possession of the property, obeying with abandoned property statues, complying with the final accounting statues.
If the landlord does not follow these abandon property laws a tenant or tenants estate can come after the landlord for up to 2 times the value of the disposed of items. Once it is know that the tenant is deceased and does not have a roommate. It is the landlords’ responsibility to protect the personal items in the home. The following individuals have the same rights and responsibilities to the abandoned property as the tenant; heirs or personal representative named in the will or appointed by the court, anyone that the tenant has named to the landlord to notify in the event of the tenants death. By allowing the general public and media to roam thru the home, puts the personal property of the previous tenants at risk.
If you are a property manager or an owner managing your own home and you find yourself in a situation like this first check with the local laws. Keep in close contact with the local police involved in the case and be as helpful as you can.
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Our thoughts and prayers got out the those who were injured and their families in this tragic incident. We are extremely grateful for the law enforcement and emergency responders who were involved.