Consumer Protection Law
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Depending on what the item is and the circumstances it's left under, the other party may be able to treat the property as abandoned after a month or so. But they don't have to, and having property declared abandoned doesn't undo a contract. The seller could choose to sue for the money owed, because a sale is final when the agreement is made. There's no legal right to return it, and no legal amount of time it would automatically revert to the seller, reversing the agreement. Just as it takes two parties to agree to create a contract, both people must agree to undo it.
The statute of limitations for the seller to sue for payment is four years from the date of the agreement, if it was done orally, or six years if it was in writing.
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