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The DC Code: § 5-119.10 Sale at public auction; motor vehicle with lien of record; disposition of proceeds from sale.

Index5 Police, Firefighters, Medical Examiner, and Forensic Sciences. (Refs & Annos)
a
With respect to all property (including money), except perishable property, animals, firearms and property of persons with mental illness, not otherwise disposed of in accordance with § 5-119.09, that shall remain in the custody of the Property Clerk for not less than 90 days without being claimed and repossessed, the Property Clerk shall:
1
Publish or cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the District, once a week for 2 consecutive weeks:
A
Notice of the location where a full description of the property can be reviewed; and
B
Notice that if such property is not claimed by the rightful owner within 45 days from the date of 1st publication, title to the property shall revert to the finder of lost property after deduction for the expenses of custody and publication, or to the District of Columbia in all other cases; and
2
Post or cause to be posted in the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, where public notices are commonly or usually posted, a description of the property, and a copy of the notice published in the newspaper of general circulation in the District, and shall make a record of the date when such publication and the posting of the notices are made; and
3
Post or cause to be posted on the Metropolitan Police Department website a description of the property, and a copy of the notice published in the newspaper of general circulation in the District, and shall make a record of the date when such publication and the posting of the notices are made.
b
If neither the rightful owner nor the finder appear to claim the lost property, title to such property shall transfer to the District government and the property may be retained by the Mayor for official government use or may be sold at public auction at such place and time as the Property Clerk may direct and in such a manner as to expose to the inspection of bidders all property so offered for sale. The Property Clerk needs not offer any property for sale if, in the Property Clerk's opinion, the probable cost of sale exceeds the value of the property.
c
The purchaser at any sale conducted by the Property Clerk pursuant to this section shall receive title to the property purchased, free from all claims of the rightful owner or the finder of the property and all persons claiming through and under the rightful owner or the finder. The Property Clerk shall execute all documents necessary to complete the transfer of title.
d
All proceeds from any sale under this section shall be deposited in the General Fund of the District government.
e
Repealed.
f
(1) The Mayor shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue proposed rules to implement the provisions of this section.
2
The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved. Nothing in this section shall affect any requirements imposed upon the Mayor by subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 4-161. 1973 Ed., § 4-160. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 15-35 repealed subsec. (e) which had read as follows: "(e) Whenever the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Works shall have in its custody any motor vehicle upon which there is a lien or liens of record in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia, it shall, prior to the sale thereof pursuant to this section, notify by registered or certified mail each lienor and lienee in any such case of such custody and impending sale, and if such lienor or lienee fail to remove such property from the custody of the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Works within 45 days from the date of the mailing of such notification, such lien or liens shall be considered to have been abandoned, and shall be thenceforth null and void. Upon being notified in writing of such fact by the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Works, the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia is authorized to indicate on his records that such lien or liens are thenceforth null and void and the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Works is authorized to sell any such motor vehicle at public auction free and clear of such lien and liens; except that the proceeds of such sale shall be available: "(1) For the payment of all expenses incident to such sale and custody; "(2) For the payment of such liens so declared null and void; "(3) For payment to the owner in accordance with subsection (a) of this section; and "(4) The remainder, if any, shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the District of Columbia." D.C. Law 16-305, in subsec. (a), substituted "persons with mental illness" for "insane persons". D.C. Law 19-168 rewrote subsecs. (a)(1)(A) and (a)(2); and added subsec. (a)(3). Prior to amendment, subsecs. (a)(1)(A) and (a)(2) read as follows: "(A) A description of the property; and" "(2) Post or cause to be posted in the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, where public notices are commonly or usually posted, a copy of the notice published in the newspaper of general circulation in the District, and shall make a record of the date when such publication and the posting of the notices are made." Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(a) of the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned, Dangerous and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 15-104, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5534). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(a) of Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-171, October 6, 2003, 50 DCR 9163). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 3-160, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 5-119.01. Law 7-164, the "District of Columbia Forfeited Property Amendment Act of 1988," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 7-325, which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 28, 1988 and July 12, 1988, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 15, 1988, it was assigned Act No. 7-220 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. For legislative history of D.C. Law 8-24, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 5-119.01. Law 15-35, the "Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Act of 2003", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 15-78, which was referred to Committee on Public Works and the Environment. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 3, 2003, and July 8, 2003, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 29, 2003, it was assigned Act No. 15-113 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 15-35 became effective on October 28, 2003. Law 16-305, the "People First Respectful Language Modernization Act of 2006", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 16-664, which was referred to Committee on the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 20, 2006, and July 11, 2006, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 17, 2006, it was assigned Act No. 16-437 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 16-305 became effective on April 24, 2007. Law 19-168, the "Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Act of 2012", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 19-743, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on May 15, 2012, and June 5, 2012, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on June 22, 2012, it was assigned Act No. 19-385 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 19-168 became effective on September 20, 2012. Delegation of Authority Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 8-24, the "D.C. Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Removal Amend. Act of 1989", see Mayor's Order 90-11, January 23, 1990. Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Law 7-164, the "D.C. Forfeited Property Amendment Act of 1988", see Mayor's Order 90-71, May 10, 1990. Miscellaneous Notes Effect of repeal provisions: Section 14 of D.C. Law 15-35 provides: "Any repeal of a law or regulation by this act shall not invalidate any enforcement action, adjudication, or any other action made or taken pursuant to such law or regulation." Application of Law 15-35: Section 15 of D.C. Law 15-35 provides: "This act shall apply to all vehicles impounded after its effective date. This act shall also apply to all vehicles impounded prior to its effective date provided that notice is sent to the owners and lien holders in accordance with the provisions of subsections 7(b) or (c), as is applicable." Short title: Section 3001 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that subtitle A of title III of the act may be cited as "Notice of Unclaimed Property Modernization Amendment Act of 2012". DC CODE § 5-119.10 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(R.S., D.C., § 417; Sept. 1, 1916, 39 Stat. 718, ch. 433, § 12; Mar. 3, 1936, 49 Stat. 1158, ch. 121, § 2; Sept. 25, 1962, 76 Stat. 591, Pub. L. 87-691, § 4; Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-160, § 202, 27 DCR 5150; Sept. 29, 1988, D.C. Law 7-164, § 2, 35 DCR 5739; Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 6(c)-(e), 36 DCR 4575; Oct. 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-35, § 13(a), 50 DCR 6579; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 16, 53 DCR 6198; Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19- 168, § 3002, 59 DCR 8025.)