Resident Rent/Lease Agreement: Resident’s Personal Property

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It is not required, but is a best practice that an organization consider resident personal property in your resident lease agreement – notifying residents that any property that they bring into the home is their responsibility and it is up to them to carry appropriate insurance for their personal property.

Unfortunately, residents sometimes move out of a recovery home without notice, and leave some of their personal belongings behind.  Your resident lease agreement should be clear about what happens in such situations.  You are required to note in the agreement that the organization will keep the resident property for a reasonable amount of time, and allow the resident a reasonable opportunity to retrieve any belongings.

It is a best practice that an organization safely secure abandoned personal belongings, to avoid potentially difficult situations where a resident’s belongings are misplaced, and the resident feels the organization is responsible.  Taking reasonable steps to secure items can help you avoid these situations.

It is up to the organization to research any local laws and ordinances to ensure that an organization is offering enough time for residents to get the belongings back before they are disposed of appropriately. Seek appropriate legal guidance so you know your obligations regarding any resident property that is brought onsite, and appropriate storage for residents who leave without notice.