Do I have to return a set of appliances I purchased for a renovation property

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Do I have to return a set of appliances I purchased for a renovation property

I was contracted to renovate a home in Savannah, GA. The company that I
contracted with mutually parted ways last week. I was at the very end of the
project and took with me the appliances that would have gone in the property. I
have not yet paid for the appliances, and got them on credit through a vendor
account. The appliances are in my name and my business name. The property owner
is demanding that I return the appliances to the property or they will file a
police report. I don’t want to get in legal trouble, but technically, I’m
financially responsible for the set of appliances. Legally, do I have to return
them? We are talking 1500 in appliances.

Asked on August 26, 2019 under Business Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The issue is whether they had been installed. Once installed in the property, they are part of it and you cannot remove them--it would be a form of theft and/or vandalism. You could certainly sue for money you are owed for them, as per the contract, agreement, etc., but cannot take out anything you had installed in the home.
If they had not yet been installed, they did not become part of the home and you had no obligation to give them to the homeowner, but could certainly agree to sell them to him for some mutually agreeable price, if you chose.

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