What would you do if your landlord suddenly rented out your home, with all of your possessions, while you vacationed for a few months? One user of a popular online forum went to Vancouver for a few months and came back to find that people had stayed in his house while he was gone.
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User u/rickky1000 said that he had a one-year lease for a home in California, and sometime during his lease, he went to Vancouver for a couple of months. While he was gone, he continued to pay rent as usual. When he returned, he noticed some items missing, including “a PlayStation, PC, and even an entire gun safe.” There were no apparent signs of forced entry.
When he asked his neighbors whether they had seen anything, they said they had seen cars parked in front of the house and people coming and going. The neighbors didn’t even realize the user was gone because they always saw people there.
When the user confronted his landlord about whether there were repair people or other people who had access to the house, the landlord admitted that he Airbnb’d the house while the user was gone. He insists that the user should just file a renter insurance claim for the items taken.
Did the Tenant Abandon the Property?
California and some other West Coast states have interesting leasing laws that consider a rental property abandoned if a tenant is not living on the premises on a regular, continuing, and consistent basis. Some commenters told the original poster to seek a lawyer.
Seeking a Renters’ Insurance Claim
Other commentators recommended filing a renters’ insurance claim so that the insurance company could sue the landlord on the user’s behalf.
While most of the advice recommended seeing the landlord one or another, other recommendations included filing a police report, and throwing out anything that might have been contaminated by guests.
If this happened to you, what would you do?
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