I have a lot in a RV resort I bought last year. There was a vacant lot by me that has junk windows wood bed mattress and had a deck that was in pieces. I asked around the park it was vacant for a while I moved in there last October and moved the torn apart deck to my place a fixed it and put it up to my travel trailer. Now the person that use to be on the lot wants me to either pay him for the deck $400.00 witch it is a old deck that was in pieces or he wants it back now or he said he would be calling the police. What would be my best thing I should do. Can I get in any legal trouble? I am one that does not get in trouble and don't want to start. What are your thoughts?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Minnesota
Have not did anything yet just want to know what the best thing would be to do. I have put it together and painted it.
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Was this deck located on your neighbor's private property when you picked it up?
Thank you for your follow up. Unfortunately, if you took this deck from a private lot, it would still be considered to be your neighbor's property and the neighbor is entitled to either demand it back or to be compensated for it.
I would suggest that you do try to resolve this situation by explaining to this neighbor that the deck appeared to be damaged and abandoned and you invested time, money and efforts into fixing it and try to negotiate some type of nominal amount that you can pay to this neighbor in exchange for a written release from any further claims from him.
I know this might not sound very fair, but the law is the law and if you can make this issue go away by paying this neighbor a hundred or two, it is definitely better than dealing with the police or some other civil claim against you.
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