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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVIII
BANKS AND BANKING
Chapter 663
INTERNATIONAL BANKING
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F.S. 663.177
663.177 Disposition of property held as bailee or depositary; opening of safe-deposit boxes; disposal of contents.
(1) The office may, after it has taken possession of the business and property of an international banking corporation, send a written notice by registered mail to each person claiming, or appearing upon the books of the corporation, to be:
(a) The owner of any personal property in the custody or possession of the corporation, as bailee or depositary for hire or otherwise, including the contents of any safe, vault, or box opened after taking possession of such property for nonpayment of any rent; or
(b) The lessee of any safe, vault, or box, to such person’s last address appearing on the books of the international banking corporation or the last known address if no address appears on such books, notifying such person to remove all such property or the contents of any such safe, vault, or box, within a period stated in such notice which period shall be not less than 60 days after the date of such notice. The contract of bailment or of deposit for hire, or lease of safe, vault, or box, if any, between the person to whom such notice is mailed and the corporation shall cease upon the date for removal fixed in such notice. Such persons shall have a claim against the corporation for the amount of unearned rent or charges, if any, paid by such person from the date fixed in such notice, if the property or contents are removed on or before such date, or from the date of actual removal, if the property or contents are removed after such date.
(2) If such property or contents are not removed, and all rent or storage and other charges accrued up to that time, if any, are not paid, within the time fixed by such notice, the office may cause such property to be inventoried, or such safe, vault, or box, or any package, parcel, or receptacle in the custody or possession of the corporation as bailee or depositary for hire or otherwise, to be opened and the contents, if any, to be removed and inventoried. Such property or contents shall be sealed by a notary public in a package distinctly marked by the office with the name of the person in whose name such property or such safe, vault, box, package, parcel, or receptacle is recorded upon the books of the corporation, and a copy of such inventory shall be certified and attached to such package by such notary public. The package shall be kept in a place that the office determines at the expense and risk of the person in whose name it is recorded until delivered to such person or until sold, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of. Such package may, pending final disposition of its contents, be opened by the office for inspection or appraisal or to enable the office to exercise any powers conferred or duties imposed by this part. Whenever such package is opened, the office shall endorse on the outside of the package the date of opening and resealing and shall prepare an affidavit which shall be attached to the package showing the reason for opening and the articles, if any, removed from the package or placed or replaced in the package.
(3) At any time prior to the sale, destruction, or other disposition of the contents of the package, the person in whose name the package is recorded may require the delivery of the package upon the payment of all rental or storage charges accrued, and all other charges or expenses paid or incurred to the date of delivery with respect to such package or contents of the package including the cost of inventorying or of opening and inventorying, the fees of the notary public, the cost of preparing and mailing the notice, and advertising, if any.
(4) After the expiration of 1 year after the mailing of the notice required in subsection (1), the office may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order authorizing the office to sell, destroy, or otherwise dispose of the contents of such package. Whenever, pursuant to the provisions of this subsection, the office is given the power to sell the contents of any package, such power to sell shall be deemed a power to sell in satisfaction of a lien for nonpayment of rental or storage charges accrued, and all other charges and expenses paid or incurred to the date of sale with respect to such package and the contents of the package, including charges and expenses described in subsection (3).
(5) The provisions of this section do not affect or preclude any other remedy, by action or otherwise, for the enforcement of claims or rights of the office, or of an international banking corporation of which the office is in possession, against the person in whose name any property or any safe, vault, box, package, parcel, or receptacle is recorded, or affect or bar the right of the office or the corporation to recover, before sale, any debt or claim due to the office or the corporation, or, after sale, so much of the debt or claim as is not paid by the proceeds of the sale.
History.s. 4, ch. 97-109; s. 1840, ch. 2003-261.