If you move outof anapartment and take the appliances that belong to the landlord, can you be charged with grand larceny or is it a civil matter?

Asked on November 29, 2011 under Real Estate Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Good question. If you vacated your former rental and took appliances from the unit that belong to the landlord without permission, the conduct that you did could be deemed both a crime warranting a police investigation and possible criminal charges being filed against you for theft as well as a civil matter where the landlord could bring his or her own action against you.

Assuming you improperly took appliances belonging to your former landlord, I recommend that you return them to him or her as soon as possible to avoid possible repercussions as a criminal and civil action.

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