What do I need to do if a rent-to-own furniture store is saying that I have stolen their merchandise when I have not?

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What do I need to do if a rent-to-own furniture store is saying that I have stolen their merchandise when I have not?

I rented furniture 9 years ago and 2 months ago I had them come get it because I could not afford it anymore. They picked it up and a couple days later the store contacted me telling me that I needed to pay or release the merchandise back to them. I told them they already picked the stuff up and I do not have it any longer. They then proceeded to call me a thief and that if I do not return the stuff I will go to jail. Since then they have continually harassed me at work, called my friends and I am not sure what to do anymore.

Asked on March 29, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Kentucky

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you rented furniture nine (9) years ago and then ended up returning it within the last four (4) years, then under most laws of all states in this country any claim for money owed by you would be time barred by the applicable statute of limitations regardless of the issue of returning the items or not.

If the store that you did business with is harassing you about the matter and you want it to stop, I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices law in the area of consumer debt to write a cease and desist letter for you where you are not to be contacted in the future.


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