Owner of Home Not Entitled to Remove Fixtures after Foreclosure

Posted on January 15, 2010 by AAR

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ISSUE:

After the foreclosure the owner removed an expensive leather couch and the dining room table. The owner also removed the drapes and the chandelier, which was a family heirloom. Was the owner of the home after foreclosure entitled to remove these items?

ANSWER:

After the foreclosure, the owner of the home is entitled to remove any personal property, but any fixtures must remain in the home. The expensive leather couch and the dining room table are personal property and can be removed by the owner. The drapes and the chandelier, even though it is a family heirloom, are fixtures and cannot be removed by the buyer. The removal of fixtures after foreclosure could subject the owner of the home to criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit for damages due to the “waste” of the home.
Arizona REALTOR® January 2010

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