If you move in with someone and then try to move out later, can they keep any of your furniture?

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If you move in with someone and then try to move out later, can they keep any of your furniture?

My father moved in with a woman and they used his furniture so she got rid of all of hers. He has lived there a little over a month. He gets his mail there and everything but she says she has talked to a lawyer and doesn’t have to give him back anything.

Asked on September 27, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

Answers:

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In any situation if one owns something be it a car, dishes, or furniture, those possessions are his or hers unless the item has been given away to another person.

With respect to the question that you are writing about if the furniture at the unit that your father owns (where he is living with a woman) and is his very own, th woman has no right to keep any of it unless your father has given it to her.

If the woman takes the items belonging to your father without his permission, he would have a legal basis to bring an action against her for its return or if not, the fair market value of the items when taken.

Good luck.

 


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