Posted by JPiper on May 16, 2000 at 13:36:24:
I’d check out your state Landlord-Tenant Law. In my state, there is a process to go through to determine abandonment. The process is essentially to provide written notice by certified letter and/or posting at the last known address of the tenant. A brief waiting period. Then you may enter the property.
What I wouldn’t do personally is to just enter the property without any notice whatsoever, and without observing your particular state process.
There are a few cases of tenant’s later claiming that a “valuable” has disappeared…you don’t want to be on the end of that. So be careful and observe your state law, and when you do enter have a witness.