N.Y. Personal Property Law Section 257
Title to lost property


The title to lost property which has been deposited with the police shall vest in the finder, or other person entitled to assert the rights of the finder as provided in § 256 (Exceptions)section two hundred fifty-six of this chapter, when the property is delivered to him in accordance with § 254 (Disposition of lost property)section two hundred fifty-four of this chapter and shall vest in the buyer when the property is sold as provided in section two hundred fifty-three or two hundred fifty-four of this chapter.


If the finder of lost property under the value of ten dollars has made reasonable effort to find the owner and restore it to him, and has been unable to do so, the title to such property shall vest in the finder at the end of one year after the finding.

Source: Section 257 — Title to lost property, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PEP/257 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

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