Posted by AWWMi. on February 17, 2001 at 02:51:41:
You would have to check with the Experts here but I think an institution that has an interest in the property (ex: first, second mortgage) can by law secure a property that has been abandoned. I don’t know about the burden of proof. In this case, the lady gave them the keys to the house. A notice of abandonment is usually posted at the register of deeds. You could check there. Also I’m pretty sure the owner will have to get permission from the bank to reenter the house. Did they board up the windows?