Safety deposit boxes
- • removal of property
(1) If an institution, at the time the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services takes possession of its property and business, has in its possession, as bailee, for safekeeping and storage, any valuable personal property, or has rented any vaults, safes or safe deposit boxes or any portion thereof for the storage of property of any kind, the director may mail a notice to the person claiming to be or appearing upon the institution’s books to be the owner of the property, or the person in whose name the safe, vault or box stands notifying them to remove the property within a period fixed by the notice but not less than 90 days after the date the notice is mailed. The notice shall be in writing and sent by registered mail or by certified mail with return receipt directed to the person at the person’s post-office address as recorded upon the books of the institution. The director shall allow a person access to the institution so that the person may remove the person’s property stored or kept with the institution as described in this subsection. The director may require that the person show identification reasonably identifying the person as the person whose name appears as owner of the property on the institution’s books or as the person in whose name the safe, vault or box stands. The director may limit access to normal business hours.
(2) Upon the date fixed by the notice, the contract, if any, between a person and the institution for the storage of the property or for the use of the safe, vault or box is terminated, and the amount of the unearned rent or charges, if any, paid by the person becomes a debt of the institution to the person.
(3) After the date fixed in the notice the safe, vault or box may be opened in the presence of the director, and a witness who is not an officer or employee of the institution. A list and description of the property shall be made by the person opening the safe, vault or box and shall be attached to the property. The director shall keep the property in one of the general safes or boxes of the institution until it is delivered to the person entitled to receive it or is disposed of as provided in ORS 711.582 (Disposition of contents of safety deposit boxes). [Amended by 1973 c.797 §285; 1981 c.397 §1; 1991 c.249 §67]
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