What is the next step I should take when my client would not return the equipment he rented from me.

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What is the next step I should take when my client would not return the equipment he rented from me.

My husband and I own a small event planning
business. One of our client rented equipment
from us for a wedding event. He said his house
got broken into the next morning and most of
our equipment got stolen. He said he is
currently talking with his home insurance about
paying for the stolen equipment, but he would
not return our belonging that didnt get stolen.
Since the beginning it is hard to reach him. He
doesnt return our calls or text anymore. What
should I do next to get my equipment back and
get pay for the equipment that was stolen? We
also have a rental contract that he sign, will
that provide any help?

Asked on January 24, 2018 under Business Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

He rented the equipment from you; he is responsible for its return. If he does not return it, you can sue him for the current fair market value of the equipment. If it was stolen from him, perhaps his insurance will pay for him or else reimburse him if he pays you out of pocket; however, whether it was stolen or lost, the fact that he leased it still makes him responsible for its return or value.

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