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Jeff Bintz, Home Buyer in Prairie du Chien, WI

Property left behind by old owner, so who's property is it now

Asked by Jeff Bintz, Prairie du Chien, WI Mon Dec 30, 2013

Car was left,they had it titled,but license was expired

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Hi Jeff,
Was the car there when you did your final walk-through? The owner should have removed it before the closing. Have your agent contact the listing agent to get a hold of the seller. If you do not get a response, you will have to get in touch with an attorney to see what kind of legal action to take next.
Best of luck,
Leanna Shulkin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 2, 2014
Confer with your agent or your agents broker. Within the brokerage there will be some who work with foreclosures frequently. These folks know the process and requirements for disposing of abandoned property in your area. Leverage the resources they already have in place.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 31, 2013
With a vehicle, it is not just yours. You should have asked during your walk through with the listing agent but The right thing to do now is to have your agent call the listing agent and ask. if no answer you have to usually wait 30 days. You will have to check to see if there is a lien. Some states make you post a legal notice in the paper and iof no lien and no response it may be yours after a specific amount of time.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 31, 2013
Hello Jeff,

Did you do your final walk thru, before your closing? Was it there at the time? If so, was it discussed at closing? If not, I would have your agent see what she/he can learn. If they don't remove it in a timely manner, I would recommend you contact an attorney to find out what your rights or obligations are. Since all personal property is to be removed prior to closing, this could present a legal issue.

Good Luck.

Donna & Dan
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 31, 2013
How strange. Have your agent call their agent to see what's going on. Hopefully, they'll come pick it up, if they won't, if you want it, ask them to formally transfer the title of the car to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 30, 2013
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