Steps in Handling Theft of Rental Property
- A letter should be mailed to the person who rented and did not return the property. Retain a copy of the letter for your records. The letter should be sent by certified mail and to the current correct address. The letter will either be received by the individual or returned to you. You must turn in a copy of the certified green card to this office or a copy of the envelope if it is returned unclaimed. SAMPLE
- If restitution is not made to you within 10 days, you should bring or send to the District Attorney's Office the following information:
- A copy of the invoice or contract which the renter signed when they rented the property.
- A copy of the written rental agreement explaining the terms of the contract.
- A copy of the letter sent to the renter of the property.
- This form printed or typed and ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
Once the rental property complaint is turned in to the District Attorney's Office, a warning letter will be mailed to the renter informing him/her that a complaint has been filed with our office and they must take care of the restitution immediately. If restitution is made, either by returning the rental property or paying for it in full to the merchant, then the merchant must notify the District Attorney's Office as soon as possible. Failure of the merchant to notify the District Attorney's Office of completed restitution as soon as they can will result in the District Attorney's Office not prosecuting that merchant's cases in the future. If restitution is not made, we may proceed with criminal charges. Restitution does not include late fees, only the rental property or the cash value of the rental property.
A driver's license or state-issued ID card must be requested and the DL# or ID# written down when an individual rents property from you. Without proper identification, we cannot prosecute.
At no time should you advise a renter that criminal charges will be dropped. This decision can only be made by the District Attorney's Office.
You may obtain the theft of rental property forms at the District Attorney's Office.