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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Can a store sell merchandise I've left in the store?

If I purchase merchandise in a physical store, and then (accidentally or not) leave the merchandise at the store after I've paid for it, is the store allowed to resell that merchandise to another ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the limits on police "qualified immunity"?

When the police seize property in the course of their official duties, they have "qualified immunity." How is that immunity qualified? I.e., what are the minimal conditions under which they could be ...
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Temporary theft, or, removing someones property to deliver it to their home or office

If I take somebody's property without consent, with the intent of keeping it, it is theft. If I take somebody's property without consent, but return it to them immediately, what law am I violating? ...
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"Equity's darling": How do U.S. courts overcome bona fide purchasers?

This is a follow-up question to this question and this question; the accepted answers to each appear to conflict the concept of bona fide purchasers. According to a Wikipedia page on the topic: "...
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Property Owners & Injury Liability w/ Signage (US, WV)

Scenario The image above is an aerial view of one of our vacant estates. The area in red depicts our property while the blue dots indicate a path that pedestrians often take to avoid the dangers of X ...
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Do the police have to kick someone out the house if the owner demands it?

I phoned the police to kick my in laws out the house after they started to take my furniture when they were only meant to take theirs (splitting up with wife). They came but refused to kick them out ...
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Is it a crime to take my own package from a delivery truck before it has reached my home?

Not that I would ever do this, but I'm curious: if I were to go into a stopped delivery truck and remove from it an item that is addressed to me, would this be a crime? If so what crime would it be? ...
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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

In December 2020 Hayabusa2, a Japanese space mission, returned samples from an asteroid to Earth, landing them in the Australian outback. Now, imagine a scenario where the samples accidentally land on ...
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If a stolen item is stolen again, who has the liability?

This is a follow up on a poorly phrased question. Assume a car is the only asset anyone has in this scenario. Person B steals a car from person A by forging the registration in a fraudulent manner. ...
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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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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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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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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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At the end of a lease, who owns the parts used in repairs?

I have found it is usually the landlord who is responsible for most repairs and this is specified in the lease (barring tenant negligence or other stated reasons why a tenant would be responsible). ...
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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 (in general, or at least in ...
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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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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 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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Is it legal to have someone dispose of garbage for you?

I have a bunch of miscellaneous stuff in my garage I want to get rid of. I have been meaning to take it to the dump but just haven't found the time. Items include old sink old toilet miscellaneous ...
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Can residences be repossessed as with other real property?

Real property seems to have peculiar legal customs. For example, if somebody has leased property like a vehicle and defaults on their lease the most expeditious way for the true owner to recover the ...
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If my neighbour puts up a boundary fence wholly in my property can I remove it?

Under the Fencing Act in Victoria, if I am not given a fencing notice, and don't give my consent to a shared boundary fence being built (unless I get a fencing notice) and my neighbour invades my ...
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Can I legally allow my dog to pee on someone's fence?

I live in Scotland and my dog likes to have a wee at 3D objects. Particularly he likes peeing at wooden fences and bushes of my neighbours. Now they're not very nice, they always complain no matter ...
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What is "reasonable wear" (4 years and 4 months) when comes to deposit return for the property?

I was renting a flat for 4 years and 4 months. I'm registered with http://www.depositprotection.com/ In accordance with your tenancy agreement some of these works are deemed to be rechargeable. ...
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If you take your package from a shipping company without their permission in the US, what, if any, laws would you be breaking?

In the US, shipping companies often have relatively limited ways for you to get your package and if you don't jump through the proper hoops they don't give you your package. While I understand why ...
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What compensation could a UK property buyer get if the seller pulls out after exchange of contracts?

Imagine a chain free buyer has transferred a 10% deposit and contracts have been exchanged on a property he/she would like to buy. If he/she pulls out, this deposit would be forfeited. In the ...
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To share a summary of a book, and put my name on it, is illegal?

I made a summary of a book I used in class years ago in order share it with my students. In the summary, I took whole sentences and equations from the original book, and reduce the pages from 600 to ...
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Is the car in my possession part of my household effects?

The Netherlands have a tax on the acquisition or import of private motor vehicles (BPM) which can be fairly expensive depending on what car you have. I am moving from Germany to the Netherlands and ...
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Differences between Detinue, Conversion, and Trespass to Chattel in U.S. law

In U.S. law do practical distinctions exist between the torts of detinue, conversion (by detention), and trespass to chattels? In particular, is it conceivable that each of those torts could be named ...
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What does "appropriated to the contract" mean in the Sale of Goods Act 1979, s 18, Rule 5?

Here, the verb appropriate is followed by TO. What does it mean that someone appropriates "goods of that description and in a deliverable state" TO THE CONTRACT? At large, what does it mean ...
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Problem with neighbors [closed]

I have serious problems with my neighbors. They think it’s okay to harass me when they feel like it, and they get off on it. I need a way to get rid of them, or somehow turn the tables. I’ve thought ...
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