IfI was charged fora replacementdoor because the one that was at my rental was damaged, is it reasonable for me to ask for the old door?

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IfI was charged fora replacementdoor because the one that was at my rental was damaged, is it reasonable for me to ask for the old door?

I was charged for a new door and labor to install it. 

Asked on September 26, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Minnesota

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not unreasonable for your to ask for possession of the door that you paid to have replaced  that was damaged at your rental. If the landlord claimed that you damaged the old door, and you either agreed that you did so, or simply agreed to replace it at your own cost for the materials and its installation, for all intents and purposes you "bought" the door that you damaged.

Since you "bought" the door that you damaged, you are certainly entitled to have it for whatever reasons that you want to use it for. Your situation is akin to going to a store and somehow damaging an item for sale. Most stores have policies that if you damage the item, yo have purchased the item.


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