What are my rightsif a formertenant is trying to claim to the stove/refrigerator in my apartment?

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What are my rightsif a formertenant is trying to claim to the stove/refrigerator in my apartment?

When moving into my apartment a stove and refrigerator was left for us to use by the neighbors. They are now claiming they want it back out of spite. The landlord is staying out of it.

Asked on August 31, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The landlord can not just "stay out of it" for long.  Ok, so you say it was a gift or a loaner ("left to use" not purchased).  They say no and want them back.  What did their lease say as to the appliances?  Did it state that they were to purchase them and that they remained theirs or that they were to become "fixtures which stay with a property when you move.  Ten to one your lease is the same general lease used by the landlord for you as well as them so start by reading it.  If it states that the items remain with the tenant then you may have to give them back. If your landlord is to provide these items then he or she has to buy you some.  If the lease states that it is you responsibility then start shopping the labor day sales.  It will cost you more to fight them.  Good luck.


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