If I’m an adult and live in my parents’ house, are they legally able to destroy my properties/items that I purchased myself?

Asked on September 22, 2015 under Personal Injury, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, they may not living in someone's home does NOT give them the right to destroy your property, and parents have no authority over the property of adult children. You could file a police report for theft or wilfull  destruction of property, and/or sue your parents for the value of what they destroyed such as in small claims court. Of course, your parents have no obligation to let you live in their home and could ask you to leave at any time unless you are rent-paying tenant, so you may wish to first think about the consequences of getting into an adversarial relationship with your parents before doing anything.


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