There is a law that if there is property worth over $300 , the property has to be stored and the owner notified, after 18 days, it has to be auctioned, and again, the owner notified. This is mainly in the Civil code for Property Management. I do not know why the bank does not have to follow the same laws. In addition, the companies that they use to clean these properties out usually post notification on the property that they have changed locks, etc. I think there is more than one oops here. This should pave the way for the banks to be helpd more accountable for who they hire to do these jobs. My dad, who was a tenant in a complex that went into foreclosure, had a garage full of tools, and caught the company pulling out his tools. It was ridiculous.