Q: Who owns property left in house/garage after closing. Located in Maine.
We closed on our new home a few days back. It stated in our contract the property was to be empty at closing, during the final walk through the seller still had loads of stuff left behind. We verbally agreed to grant an additional 3 days for them to move out. It’s the 4th day their dragging their feet and giving us a hard time about collecting the rest of their things. What are our rights? Can we change the locks and not allow them back and start throwing the stuff out? Are the items left behind ours since we now own the home?
A: Although I realize this is not a landlord-tenant situation, I would think if you followed the procedure outlined under Maine law for personal property that is abandoned or unclaimed by a tenant following the tenant’s vacating a rental unit, which can be found at 14 M.R.S. § 6013, you should be fine.
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