Abandoned Property by a Tenant

43-32-25. Small amount of tenant's property left on premises presumed abandoned-Disposal by lessor. The property of a lessee, the total reasonable value of which does not exceed five hundred dollars, left on leased residential premises by the lessee for ten days after the lessee has quit the premises, is presumed to have been abandoned by the tenant and the lessor of the residential premises may dispose of the abandoned property.

43-32-26. Storage of tenant's valuable property left on premises-Lien-Disposal as abandoned after waiting period. The property of a lessee, of a total reasonable value exceeding five hundred dollars, left on leased residential premises by the lessee after the lessee has quit the premises, shall be stored by the lessor. The lessor shall have a lien on the property to the extent of the costs of handling and storing the property. After storing the property for thirty days or more the lessor may treat the property as abandoned and dispose of it.

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South Dakota Office of Attorney General
1302 E Highway 14
Suite 1
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-3215
Fax: 605-773-4106
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