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Abandoned Property

This guide provides laws, books and other resources on the topic of real and personal property which is lost or abandoned including through adverse possession.

General Information


About This Guide

Many often wonder what to do with property if the owner appears to have abandoned it. This guide will assist you in identifying relevant statutes and other materials to research this topic. Do note, however, that sometimes it is unclear whether the property is truly abandoned and you will need to consult an attorney for a definitive answer.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas laws that govern abandoned property. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Texas Agency Regulations

Some state agencies are required to accept reports of abandoned property and administer a claims or disposition process. Below are regulations from the Texas Administrative Code for the relevant agencies

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in “plain English.”

Who Can I Contact?

These organizations may be able to assist with some issues surrounding unclaimed or abandoned personal property.

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

If you have a library account in good standing, you can check out an OverDrive e-book title or access our remote databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register from home.

Below are some e-book titles that may help you with your research.

Chapter 9 of this book deals with adverse possession of personal property.