Questions tagged [property]

Use this for questions about belongings and possessions. See [real-estate] for questions about the possession of houses and buildings.

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Stealing my own property back?

I have a guitar that I let my friend Joe borrow on the consensus that he would return it in a couple of days. Joe is a mutual friend of my ex Bob. Bob stole the guitar from Joe once he found out it ...
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Pokémon Go hot spots and private property

As we all know Pokémon Go is all the rage. There have been reports that police stations are common hot spots for gyms and collections. Churches have also been a common hot spot. I think there is ...
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If someone catches a Pokemon that is on my property, is that theft?

Does something that is virtually located on your property like in Pokemon GO incur any kind of property right for the property owner?
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What can I do if neighbor is blocking my solar panels intentionally?

I live on a 2.5 acre lot. I installed a ground mount solar array 6 years ago. Then 4 years later my neighbor planted over 39 tall cypress trees which are blocking the sunlight. Is there any law in ...
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What can I legally do with abandoned cars I found on property I recently bought?

They were not seen while inspecting the property prior to sale, because it's a large property and mostly the same throughout. We looked at aerial photography, but it appears they were left there after ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

Let's say a minor (17 or younger) living with his parents gets a job or does chores, and with the money thereby earned, buys a video game console. The parents decide that the console is not ...
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What are the legal implications of “finding” money?

What luck! You found $1M in a suitcase while hiking in the wilderness. Because you are a law abiding citizen, you diligently report all your found money to the IRS. No one, including yourself, has any ...
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Are there any laws against adding a second lock to a bicycle that isn't yours? [duplicate]

Imagine placing your bike in a bicycle parking rack and using your own cable lock to protect it from being stolen. What if someone came and added another cable lock that you don't own the key to or ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Assume a person owns a beach house in California. How far into the ocean does this person own as a landowner? Does the person own all coral reef, rocks and other things in the ocean in his owner ...
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Is it legal to live on commercial property?

I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and I noticed that some commercial properties in town are very affordable. I don't plan on starting a business nor do I plan on trying within this year. I did try ...
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What happens to debts when someone dies?

How are debts and loans recovered by the lenders after a borrower passes away? A debt can be as small as 100 bucks for the credit card bill. It can be as big as millions of bucks for mortgage (or ...
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In California, if a baseball lands in my yard, is it legally mine?

Say some neighborhood kid was playing baseball and accidentally hit the ball into my yard. Theoretically, if I own the house or my lease permits, I have the right to control access to my yard and, ...
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Do you have to evict someone who was staying with you without contract or lease, but left without warning?

Hypothetical Scenario: A 19 year old "friend of a friend of a friend" type situation that someone was trying to help out. He was living in a rundown trailer a few towns away so a nice family said he ...
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What are possible motives for avoiding insurance in an auto accident?

My parked car was involved in a hit and run accident outside of my house. Luckily, one of my neighbors saw the incident happen and the other driver ended up getting caught and cited by the police for ...
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Can son/wife stop an addict from selling family property in India?

If a person (not a senior citizen) is addicted and trying to sell off his farming land (which has been inherited from his grandfather and later through his father) without the consent his wife and ...
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Is it legal to put a billboard on residential property?

A billboard is put on top of a person's roof or on his vacant land. It is zoned residential. This person lives on a main road and the billboard is visible to cars travelling on it. He hasn't received ...
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my landlord won't let me in on the day my tenancy begins, is this legal?

My tenancy begins on July 1st, however as this is a Sunday my letting agent will not give me the keys on this day. I really need to move my stuff in on July 1st, can I claim that not allowing me to ...
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What can I do about this tree?

I live in Chesapeake, Virginia and I haven't been able to find a reference as to what my legal options are when it comes to a neighbor's tree and my yard. I could only find a "general rule" for ...
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Did I forfeit the right to my property?

There are 2 parcels of land purchased by different but (family) related parties at the same time. One of the properties (A) contained a well; the other (B) contained the pumps and equipment required ...
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Establishing Ownership of a Sink Drain In Wall - Condo in California

I wanted some help on one particular part of a "case" I'm putting together to present to my HOA. Long story short, I had a leak in my wall from a drain line from my kitchen sink. It damaged the unit ...
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Do milk crates have registered owners?

Is there an actual milk crate registration system? What is the law by which use by other than the registered owner is punishable? Is there an index I can use to see who these milk crates are ...
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In the USA, may parents prevent their children from receiving gifts or acquiring owned property?

This a follow-up question to In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?, The answer to the other question appears to establish that minor children can own ...
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Who is responsible for getting the tree removed?

A big storm passed through our area and a bunch of trees fell. This one tree is kind of in a weird situation. The tree is technically on my neighbors property and it fell towards our house. However, ...
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How can I buy a piece of land in Germany whose owner is unknown?

German version below Long story short: I am interested in buying a piece of land next to ours. According to the official land register (Grundbuch), it belongs to two people, let's call them G and S. ...
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Is it illegal to take home a lost phone?

I experienced a common scenario today: I was walking along and found someone's lost phone on the ground. It was out of battery, so what I wanted to do was take it home, charge it, and then see if we ...
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Is it legal to live in the woods in the USA?

Can one chop down trees, build a cabin, and just park there? The question is about living on land that is not owned by a private individual in the USA, and is not designated as a state park or ...
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Can parents throw out belongings you have kept in their house?

I moved away for school when I was 19. At the time, I was living in my parents' house and left most of my possessions. While I was away for school, my parent's got divorced. I'm not clear on the ...
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How is property in trustees' hands safe from the trustee's own creditors?

In the context of trust law, trustees are the legal owners of the property in trust. They hold it for the beneficiaries, who are the equitable owners. Even though trustees legally own the property, ...
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Can one claim unclaimed poultry living on their property?

Some time ago I dug out a pond on my piece of land in a small rural town in New Zealand. The intention was to attract wild ducks there and maybe have some domestic ducks, which I told all my ...
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Can a 15 year old transfer copyright?

I have an artist working on some things for me and I've just found out that they are 15. In the UK, can a 15 year old legally sign over copyright to another person? The assumptions made by me are 1....
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What happens if I buy a stormwater basin from a property tax auction?

I've recently been reviewing property that is available either at auction or for immediately for purchase from the various counties in the state of TExas. Most of them are simply what you would expect,...
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Are booby-traps illegal if they don't harm humans?

I saw this image today: [![4chan post][2]][2] For the sake of this question, let's assume it happened in the front yard of the poster's house (so on his property) If this really did happen, would ...
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Charges for damaging a privately-owned Confederate Flag

I have two questions. In North Carolina, Does the Confederate flag enjoy any special legal protections that would make damaging one (that doesn't belong to you) a more serious charge than damaging ...
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Can a shopping mall force Pokemon Go players to leave?

To add to the recent influx of legal questions about Pokemon Go, I'd like to ask: Can a shopping mall force people playing Pokemon Go to leave (without fear of legal repercussions)? I heard from a ...
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How likely am I to receive compensation? (UK)

I recently bought my first property which is meant to be an exciting time until I realised the property has a broken boiler meaning I have no hot water or central heating. Now prior to exchange of ...
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If suing for property damage can I claim for my time spent to replace those items?

I am claiming compensation for property damage due to negligence. I will simply using the money to replace the damaged items. Can I also claim for my reasonable time in replacing the items? For ...
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Has the Alien Property Custodian Office been abolished?

I'm doing research into Japanese internment, and I was reading about executive order 9095. This order created the Office of Alien Property Custodian (APC) as authorized by the Trading with the Enemy ...
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My unit was broken into after uhaul put a non payment lock on it, so isn't it now their responsibility?

I'm in Arizona and like my question says they put a non payment lock on my unit (payroll messed up at my job) and I said I had my own insurance so I didn't take theirs, but I never brought them my ...
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Can you take back a gift?

Suppose that I unconditionally and unambiguously give a person a thing such as a necklace with a moderate value (say $1000): I hand it to them and say "Here, you can have this, I don't need it anymore"...
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Is it legal to “shoot down” a drone on your property in the US?

18 U.S.C 32 states ... to include destruction of any aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States or any civil aircraft used, operated or employed in interstate, overseas, or ...
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How long can the police hold a car that they're using for evidence?

My friend is going through the following in California: She purchased a car roughly three years ago and uses it for everyday tasks. The police towed her car and told her that it was possibly used in ...
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Is a wrongly awarded prize still mine?

I live in the UK. I was awarded a prize to the value of about £50. At the time the organisation that gave me the prize believed I was the correct recipient, and I did too. However, a few days after ...
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Neighbors trampoline on my property

We live in a community with small yards and restrictions on putting up fences in the yards. Recently, my neighbor assembled a trampoline and I'm sure it's a couple of feet on my property. I'm not ...
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Marital property in NJ: spouse have right to use car?

The question is simple, but the situation is anything but. The bare bones info: my friend's son is a new driver who just had a minor, but scary, brush with the law. There is an extra car in this ...
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What prevents me from using vehicle anti-theft laws to regain possession of an impounded car in Maryland?

My car was impounded in MD due to expired tags. I've since paid the state and county fines for this, but the county police use a private impound lot which charges exorbitant fees for storage. MD law ...
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Is it possible to acquire a post-1951 Oscar statuette legally?

Since 1951, the Academy has required Oscar winners to sign an agreement whereby they agree to sell their Oscar statuette back to the Academy before offering it to anyone else. However, if the owner ...
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Can the owner of a private establishment confiscate the personal property of a trespasser?

While I was reading this article, this line caught my eye: Anyone seen videotaping in any capacity will be deemed trespassing and will be escorted out by security. Your video equipment may or may ...
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To whom is property “delivered” when purchased on behalf of a corporation?

The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits a federally licensed firearm dealer from "selling or delivering" a handgun to an individual under 21: It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed ...
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Can i have the police impound a car which is obstructing my driveway?

a few days ago someone parked their car across my driveway. between my fence and the road there is about 5 meters of land including a foot path and gutter/runoff ditch. my road extends from my front ...
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Can a person block access to a public space? If so, how much public space?

As an example: Can I put a blanket in a public park and prevent anyone from sitting on it? What if it's a really big blanket? Can I decide to just block access to the whole park? Answers relating ...