IfI have a storage unit that a friend is keeping her stuff in but I refuse to give her the key because she stopped making payments on the unit, can I get sued?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

IfI have a storage unit that a friend is keeping her stuff in but I refuse to give her the key because she stopped making payments on the unit, can I get sued?

It’s her property but the unit is under my name.

Asked on September 27, 2012 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You could be sued or charged with some version of theft if you keep property that you know does not belong to you.  However, you don't have to give her the key to a building she's not paid for either.  Instead, arrange for a time for her to come and remove everything.  If you make good faith efforts to get the property back to her, you cannot be accused of theft or conversion (which is a civil version of theft.)


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption