I put $20,000.00 down on a lease purchase option on a home in Washington state. Have paid $1960.00 a month in rent for the last 17 months. The seller left items in the home and I was told by the seller that they did not want the items and to sell them if I wanted them out of the home. I am now no longer going to purchase the home because it will not pass inspection and the seller wants me to pay for the items that they left in the home. Can they do that??
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Washington
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Do you have proof (email, texts, letters, etc...) that they told you this?
No proof. The husband had already moved to another state and the wife was in the home until it sold. She said that the items left in the house would not fit into the truck, so she would not be taking them. At that time she said to do what I wanted with them.
Ultimately if she told you to do what you want with them, that's evidence of "abandonment". You have no liability to reimburse them for items that they abandoned and that you either sold / kept / destroyed. Now they can "want" you to pay for these items, but you have no liability to do so. They can take you to court for this, and you can simply say that they told you to do what you want with these items (any witnesses, etc... to this conversation would be beneficial to prove your case). Again, once the items are abandoned by them, you have no further liability regarding them.
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My pleasure! Again, I wish you the best of luck as you deal with this woman. I hope that there's no further issues with her.
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