Inventory of Tenant’s Abandoned Personal Property (Form A)

Landlords use Form A to record personal property that a tenant has left behind after the tenancy (lease) has ended. If the goods are dirty or unsafe, the landlord can dispose of them right away. Otherwise, the landlord must store the goods for 60 days to give the tenant a chance to claim them.

Use Form A: Inventory of Tenant’s Abandoned Personal Property to record personal property that a tenant has left behind after the tenancy (lease) has ended. If the goods are dirty or unsafe, you can dispose of them right away. Otherwise, you have to store the goods for 60 days to give the tenant a chance to claim them.

After you submit Form A, you need to store personal property that is clean and safe for 60 days before you can dispose of it or sell it publicly.

Who can use this form

Landlords need to use the form to record personal property that a tenant has left behind after the tenancy (lease) has ended.

What you need to do

  1. Complete the form.
  2. Take your completed form to Access Nova Scotia.
  3. Forward a copy of the completed form to the tenant or next of kin.
  4. Wait 60 days.
  5. After 60 days has passed, request permission from a residential tenancy officer to sell or dispose of the goods.
  6. With permission from a residential tenancy officer, you can dispose of or sell your tenant’s abandoned personal property. The goods have to be sold publicly.
  7. Submit the Inventory of Goods and Proceeds of Sale Form and Form B: Accounting of Sale of Abandoned Personal Property within 10 days of selling the goods if the goods are worth more than $500.
  8. Proceeds are applied to unpaid rent, damages and storage costs. Send remaining proceeds to the Residential Tenancies Program.

How long it takes

It should take 2 to 3 months to complete the process. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to submit the form.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • list of tenant’s personal property left behind
  • estimated value of goods to be sold

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