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Old 03-16-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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We own a rental property that provided some furnishings when we rented it. Includes kitchen island, washer/dryer, nice stereo and entertainment center, king size bed, leather reclining sofa etc.

We owned all this stuff and then moved in to a house. We left these things in the unit. Renter said they wanted to purchase all of these. They have lived there a year and have never paid for the items. Now we are evicitng them for not paying rent (14 months behind-family so don't ask)

How do we prove these items were ours to begin with? It will be their word against ours. Most were used pieces bought from thrift shops so there are nor receipts. And since it is family, we had nothing in writing. Is there a way to get our stuff out of there before they move away with it all? Please help...it is already a horible situation having to evict family.

Thanks, MinTN
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I'm assuming that because they were "family" they didn't sign any kind of a lease agreement nor any agreement about paying for the furniture? Nothing much you can do with no proof at all. Sorry.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Clermont Fl
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We own a rental property that provided some furnishings when we rented it. Includes kitchen island, washer/dryer, nice stereo and entertainment center, king size bed, leather reclining sofa etc.

We owned all this stuff and then moved in to a house. We left these things in the unit. Renter said they wanted to purchase all of these. They have lived there a year and have never paid for the items. Now we are evicitng them for not paying rent (14 months behind-family so don't ask)

How do we prove these items were ours to begin with? It will be their word against ours. Most were used pieces bought from thrift shops so there are nor receipts. And since it is family, we had nothing in writing. Is there a way to get our stuff out of there before they move away with it all? Please help...it is already a horible situation having to evict family.

Thanks, MinTN
Horrible situation Why because they treated you like family

Send them a certified letter that any furnishing stated that are removed you will consider it theft and you will press charges and then hope for the best. The problem is my tenants would believe me because they would not make it to the end of the month before they got the eviction papers, yours will not believe you and the problem is they are right.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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A lesson I learned a long time ago was that if you want to get someone out of your life, loan them money. You will never see them again. If you do then ask them for the money and they will disappear after saying I will be right back with it.

Weigh whether it is worth it to fight this and if it is, I would get advice from an attorney. If you have pictures of the house prior to them moving in it may help you. Other than that there is not much you can do. May be he would advise you to get the Sheriff to escort you to the house to collect the furnature that is yours before they move out.

Lesson learned take pictures of the place prior to anyone moving in and have a complete list of items in the house and make them sign off on each item that it was in good working order and at the end they need to sign that they will replace any broken items. Make that part of your lease.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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Wow, what a story...family and not paying for 14 months....

It is hard to respond and know where to start.

If you don't have proof of the items belonging to you then you won't stand a chance in court...not collecting for 14 months will be hard too or you need to have proof cetified letters, emails, etc...to request the rent to be paid...Normally a person will do that after the 1 month hasn't been paid.

You have to weigh your options and start with looking at the evidence you have...if you have none, then forget about it, if you have plenty the teach them a lesson in court and get some of your money back...the family relationship is already over so you don't have to worry about that.

Good Luck
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