Is it legal for someone to charge me to get my truck off their property?

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Is it legal for someone to charge me to get my truck off their property?

My uncle by marriage said I could put my truck on his property no problem. Now that I’m divorced and the truck has been sitting there for 6 years he says i have to pay him $1000 to get it back. Do I have to pay him to get my own truck back when he said I could put it there?

Asked on March 5, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your uncle probably cannot charge you in this case. If he had, at the outset, said you'd have to pay some storage cost or fee, that would be legal. Or if you put the truck on his property without his permission, he may have grounds to seek compensation. But from what you write, your uncle had given you permission to park the truck there without having to pay anything. He may not after the fact change the agreement or offer to now require payment. If he will not let you have the truck back without paying, you may need to bring a legal action and seek a court order directing him to turn the truck over to you, however.


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