Mill Hall, PA asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Seller asked to leave shed on property for 30 days. It’s now after 30 days. Is it ours now?

We closed on a house Dec 1. We had an addendum written that states the seller can leave their shed for no more than 30 days, along with paying for removal and any damages. The problem is, they haven't picked up the shed and it is now over 30 days. Is it our shed now?

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything in the addendum about what happens if they fail to collect the shed in 30 days. It just says “no more than 30 days”. We also haven’t heard from the seller since closing.

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A: In Pennsylvania, the ownership of a shed left on a property after a specified period, as outlined in a contractual addendum, can be determined by the terms of the agreement. If the addendum explicitly states that the seller can leave the shed for no more than 30 days and that ownership transfers to the buyer after this period, then, legally, the shed may now belong to you. It's important to review the specific language of the addendum and ensure that it clearly outlines the conditions for ownership transfer, removal responsibilities, and any associated costs.

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