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What is the law in New Hanover County regarding the proper way to dispose of abandoned property?

Tim Buckland

Your question is a little open-ended, because it doesn’t specify what the abandoned property is. After all, abandoned property can be anything from an empty wallet to a car to a home to a factory.

But here’s the best answers that New Hanover County’s legal officials could muster.

County Attorney Wanda Copley said that, if you’re referring to property left behind by a tenant who moved out, then it can just be tossed out.

“If personal property is on an owner’s land (tenants for example) the owner can dispose of it,” she said in an email.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said if the sheriff’s office is involved, “We have to notify the property owner or show contact attempted and property posted. Then if nothing is done we can take the next step if it is a nuisance scenario.”

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