Santa Cruz real estate in foreclosure is sometimes found stripped of all appliances and fixtures after the trustee’s sale. Some property owners believe they have the right to remove everything but the walls of the house when they leave. The law states that anything that is not personal property, that is in fact an asset of the property, may not be removed.
Homeowners in foreclosure may be prosecuted for removing the following items:
• Most appliances that are on the property. This includes the stove, dishwasher and garbage disposal.
• The air conditioning unit and the furnace must stay on the property.
• Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any electrical wiring.
• The plumbing and all the fixtures must stay in place. The sink, shower, toilets,