Guys, about 8 months ago, a friend of mine, who had been dealing in the Real Estate business, decided to change gears, and is now trucking autos around the country. He gave up his house to foreclosure, and left me with a bonsai collection of about 40 trees. Its worth quite a few thousand $$$ and needs to be watered every other day.
Before the arrival of the trees, my water bill for the month was about $ 35-38, and after their arrival $ 70 a month.
After 2 months I asked him about it, and he gave me $ 40, which still didn't cover my costs already incurred, but he promised to pay every month in the future, $ 30 a month.
I haven't ever seen a penny, and he has been allowed to stay in the house here, several times since then, and I have not asked him for any $$$.
But I haven't seen him since Dec 12th, and yesterday, when I spoke to him about this he said he has no plans to come to Florida for a while. He did say he would send me a check for $ 100 (which still doesn't cover my loss so far).
I have told him I would like to EBay one of the trees (they can fetch up to $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 some of them) to cover my expenses for the rest of 2008. He wasn't happy about that. I asked him could his father, or brother come down from West Palm Beach to get them, and he said no to that.
My questions arise from what my legal position is in all of this : When can I legally claim them ? Am I in violation of the law if I sell one of them ? Can I sell all of them and he has no legal claim to the $$$ ?
Please can someone give me some advice ?