I invited someone to live with me. He stayed in my home for approximately thirty days. He borrowed money to buy things, saying he would pay with his tax return money. I went on vacation, and he went to his family home during that time. While on vacation I decided I did not want him back in my home. He left personal property at my house not worth more than $300.00
The answer in all of this is "maybe" it really depends on a variety of facts here. However, given that the amount of property is low ($300) and I'm assuming the loan was too, you should consider working this out with him in a different forum. If you can get him to the table, it might be worth it to file in Small Claims court and then take the case to a local Dispute Resolution Center for mediation. Usually most DRCs have a Small Claims mediation program that offers it for very reduced prices. I'm betting he will agree to a swap of money for his property back and pay the Court costs to file. That might be a quicker and more efficient way to handle the dispute rather than attempt to make a big civil case out of it. I hope this helped.
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No. You may not retain personal property as leverage for payment of unsecured personal obligation.
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