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My ex boyfriend owes my business £978 for unpaid livery service

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My ex boyfriend owes my business £978 for unpaid livery service costs. I have his quad bike, which is legally owned by his father however lent to me by him.
Am I legally allowed to keep the bike until his debt is paid?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
HI.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

You could argue that you are holding a lien over his bike until he pays. If he goes to court the you will have to return it but then you can counter claim for the sums owed.

You can only do tha though if you have the bike already. You cannot reclaim it if its not in your possession. That would be just plain theft.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


So legally what do I say? That I will not relinquish the bike until the money is paid?


 


The bike was lent to me by my ex partner, who owes me money. It is still in my possession.


 


Many thanks


Chloe

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
The reason you are experiencing delay is that you keep relisting this question which pushes this question to the back of my list.

Wouldn't it be better to just sue? Its a small claims court sum so it will be cheap.

Is there any reason you don't want to?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


No, if he doesn't pay that is what I will do.


 


Thanks


Chloe

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Its a much better solution.

He may or may not care about the bike. He cannot avoid the judgment.