If I purchased a home and the neighbor’s car motorcycle are in the garage but the neighbor refuses to remove them, what is the legal way to resolve this?

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If I purchased a home and the neighbor’s car motorcycle are in the garage but the neighbor refuses to remove them, what is the legal way to resolve this?

Can I just remove them myself? The previous owner let the neighbor keep his things there.

Asked on September 17, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

His deal with the previous owner has no bearing on you and is not binding on you you have no obligation to keep his belongings. You may wish to send him a letter, sent some way you can prove delivery, stating that you did not make a deal to store his belongings and that he may not leave them there the letter should also state that if he does not remove them within, say, 15 or 20 business days, you will arrange to have the vehicles towed at his expense and will put other items on the street. Of course, this will cause bad blood and may reesult in him trying to sue you, even if wrongfully given that it is already late Sept., you may wish to consider whether you should instead give him until the end of the year to avoid strife. If you do, still put in writing to him that he only has until Dec. 31.


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