If a tenant abandons the rental property a landlord in Washington State landlord can take possession. The tenant must have indicated by word or deeds AND have unpaid rent before the landlord can declare the property abandoned. If the tenant abandons any personal property that has either emotional or financial value it must be stored for 45 days and there is a process for notifying the tenant.
A judge can award a tenant up to $500 per day for every day a tenant is without his/her personal property if a landlord illegally removes a tenant’s property. If a landlord disposes of the tenant’s property without due process, the landlord could also owe the tenant the stated value of the belongings.