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QLD Property Law - Am I Responsible for Someone's Unclaimed Goods?

Discussion in 'Property Law Forum' started by Nikolai Martinovic, 8 August 2016.

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  1. Nikolai Martinovic

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    Hi

    I'm not sure what area of law covers my situation because the goods in question are not from ex-tenants nor customers.

    Here is my situation:

    I recently purchased a house. A separate purchase was made by someone else for goods within the shed. Since I've become the owner they haven't made any attempts to remove these goods - amounting to around $10000 in value.

    Recently the skylights in the shed roof were damaged, letting in rain. I am concerned this person's goods could be subsequently damaged. Am I responsible for custody of the goods up until they've been moved out under property law?

    Thanks
     
  2. Rod

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    Who sold the goods - you or previous owner?

    Has the property settled and have you moved in?
     
  3. Nikolai Martinovic

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    Thanks for replying, Rod.

    The previous owner sold them. The property settled a few months ago and I moved in recently.
     
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    What did you agree to when moving in wrt to these goods? If you agreed they could stay, albeit temporarily, you have assumed a duty of care you probably should not have.
     
  5. Nikolai Martinovic

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    I never agreed for them to stay in my shed. The owners of the goods have evaded all my attempts to have the goods removed.

    I assume they want me to move it all to there place.

    I refused payment for storage of them, ffor instance. Also I emailed them some months ago stating I have never agreed for the goods to be kept there.

    Have I assumed duty of care for not actinf on this immediately after settlement?
     
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    I suspect so. As the goods are worth a reasonable amount of money best do things the 'legal way' so you don't get hit with lawsuit saying you lost/damaged/threw away my property worth $50K. Have a read of this.
     

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