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Previous owner took the table. What should we do?

Previous owner took the table. What should we do?

We bought a house three months ago. When we purchased it there was a table sitting on the foyer of main entrance. Three moths later the previous owner came and took the table without asking us. We thought the table belonged to use since the house was sold with the table. Is it reasonable for the previous owner to come and remove the table regardless of the cost of the table ? Who owns the table

Update:

There are many items that did not go into agreement.  We were given the keys and we moved in three months ago.  Can they come and take anything that "did not go into agreement after three months?"

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  • 2 months ago
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    These people spamming "if it's not on paper, it's not yours"  are idiots.  You bought a house and moved in.  Then you got robbed.

    ^^ Those idiots spamming "if it's not on paper, it's not yours" are actually exactly wrong - If it's not on paper, it's not the other guys.  You bought the house, and everything in/on that property.    If the guys who sold it wanted access to the property to store their **** momentarily, THEY SHOULDVE PUT THAT ON PAPER.  Your house, your property, your ****.    They can't take the kitchen sink, or the tile floor, or the light bulbs.   If it's not on paper and it's on your property, it's yours.

    • Nuff Sed
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      2 months agoReport

      My neighbor in Seattle sold her house and came back a few nights later to steal the flowers out of the garden she thought was "still hers".  She was arrested, charged and fined for property theft.

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  • 2 months ago

    As a general rule, whatever they left inside the house (knowingly or not) becomes your property at the moment you take title at closing. To counteract the general rule, they would need to prove you signed a written agreement in which you agreed to allow them to retain ownership of something (i.e., the table) and probably include details of when they can come get it, after which you charge them for storage.

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  • 2 months ago

    Ask for it back, threaten to sue if they refuse to return it

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  • 2 months ago

    If the table was sold with the house, then it belongs to you.  They had no right to remove it.  If a lawyer handled the transaction, he will get your table back, almost guaranteed.  If you failed to hire a lawyer to handle the transaction, then it will cost you now.  You will need one to demand your table back, with the threat of a lawsuit if they do not.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Real Estate law experience.
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  • 2 months ago

    Unless it was stated in your contract that the table came with the house, it belongs to the previous owner. Anything not connected belongs to the previous owner.. such as all furniture. Things like cabinets, light fixtures etc that are attached to the house belong to you.

    Source(s): Mortgage lender 33 years.
  • 2 months ago

    Realistically, unless it was in the purchase contract, they still own it.

    • Nuff Sed
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      2 months agoReport

      Uh, no. They SOLD it to you unless it was specifically excluded from the sale.

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  • 2 months ago

    Read the paperwork, and speak to your solicitor.

    Although - once the sale was complete, anything left would generally be considered yours unless it had been called out otherwise; and taking it without telling you seems like theft.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Do you have proof of them stealing? Call the police. If not, next time secure your property.

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  • Judy
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    2 months ago

    Did your purchase contract specify that they leave the table?

    • Kid Mohawk
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      2 months agoReport

      Although I am not a legal expert, an internet search seems to indicate that it doesn't matter, as the owners generally have 48 hours previous to the close of sale and then it's the purchaser's property.

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  • 2 months ago

    The law's pretty muddled.  The previous owners absolutely trespassed if they came without your permission to recover the table, but you have to ask yourself if you really want to get caught up in court over it.

    • Nuff Sed
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      2 months agoReport

      You phone the police and file a theft complaint. There isn't any "court" for you to be involved in, since 90 percent of all criminal charges filed by the D.A. get resolved by plea bargain.  Ask for restitution as part of the deal.

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