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abandon

v. to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert, or relinquish all interest or ownership in property, a home or other premises, a right of way, and even a spouse, family, or children. The word is often used in situations to determine whether a tenant has left his/her apartment and the property inside and does not intend to come back. Thus, a landlord can take over an apparently abandoned residence, but must store the things a tenant leaves behind and give notice to the tenant before selling the possessions which are left. To abandon children can mean to have no contact and give no support for a year or more. (See: abandonment, abandoned property)

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'The DFA remains hopeful that five Filipino seafarers reported missing after abandoning their burning cargo vessel off Hawaii two weeks ago would be found,' the DFA said in a statement.
They should take care of their property, as abandoning the car might violate other laws."
The main reason people abandoning their cars is that if you fall behind on your car payments, bounce a check, stop paying your credit card, or default on your mortgage, you go to prison
Five days after abandoning those carts, he had received emails from just three of the retailers.
People need to realise that abandoning an animal is an offence." The dog has now been taken to the RSPCA Centre in Upper Colwyn Bay where she has been named Peggy by the staff, who hope to rehome her.
The fine for abandoning a vehicle on a city street is now $400.
The council can also issue fixed penalty fines or prosecute people for abandoning a vehicle.