SALT LAKE CITY -- A local lawmaker's bill to change the holding period for disposing of personal property abandoned by a former tenant or occupant has sailed through the House.
HB 286 deals with a change in the holding period from 30 to 15 days and allows a tenant the ability to recover abandoned property under certain conditions. It also requires a property owner to give a former tenant notice of abandoned personal property before it is sold or donated.
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, the bill will now be considered by the Senate.
"Currently, there is no statute in place that allows tenant access. We think this is a major step forward," he said of the measure.
His bill also drew praise from Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake City, for addressing the issue of animals left behind.
The bill advanced with a unanimous vote.