Can ua rental companyrents have me arrested if I don’t return my rental item?

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Can ua rental companyrents have me arrested if I don’t return my rental item?

Asked on December 6, 2010 under Criminal Law, Kentucky

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Any item a person rents from someone else or a company is usually based on a contractual arrangement wherein the renter agrees to pay the person or company a certain amount of money in exchange for the use of the rented item for a set particular amount of time.  This is called consideration on the part of each person.  When you as a renter continue to hold the property for longer than allowed then you have technically converted the property to your own use and has taken it away from the true owner.  A conversion (no matter the length of time you are unlawfully holding the property) can be a criminal act.  In some jurisdictions, the act of conversion allows the true owner to civilly sue the renter for the cost of replacement, the value or fair market value.  Further, when conversion meets the elements of a crime (theft by deception, larceny, unlawful conversion), then you can indeed technically be arrested for essentially stealing the property. 


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