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Buying from a divorced couple

  • 29-06-2022 8:25am
    Registered Users Posts: 922 ✭✭✭

    I've been on the market for a garden shed and a friend of a friend has offered to sell me theirs. The seller completed a divorce recently and mentioned during our chat something along the lines that if they sell it they get 100% of the sale, if the spouse finds a buyer they split the amount.

    Is it safe to buy from him in this situation? Any financial/sale disagreements would be between them? Could the shed later get confiscated?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,715 ✭✭✭Xterminator

    just get a receipt. they cannot steal their own property.

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 28,455 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cabaal

    Only issue I'd see is if one of the people claimed the shed was stolen from the them and sold without their authorisation, then you would be in receipt of stolen property.

    Its unlikely but it could happen i suppose.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,675 ✭✭✭Deeec

    It's not your problem - just get a receipt.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,847 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    So if I want to buy something that's stolen all I need is a receipt from the thief and I'm fine.

    The receipt won't matter if the partner reports the shed stolen as your in receipt of stolen goods so you'll have to return it or pay again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,675 ✭✭✭Deeec

    In this situation the item is not stolen. The wife needs to chase the husband for her share if they had a half and half arrangement.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,847 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    If 2 people own something and 1 person sells it without the others consent it is stolen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,675 ✭✭✭Deeec

    But you know who the person is that sold it and got the money. it would be the husband who is the thief in this case not the buyer. That's how the gardai would look at this. They would not pursue the person who bought the item.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,847 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    It's a divorce and the husband is selling stuff he's stolen from his ex, I highly doubt it's been a civil divorce as he's trying to scam her so she's not going to be nice back.

    They will make you return or pay for the stolen goods, they aren't your goods if they are stolen no matter how much you paid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,086 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck

    Who said there was any scam?

    Seems pretty bloody obvious that one party doesn't care about the shed, hence the agreement referred to in the OP.

    A classic case of giving her/him some investment in selling the thing. "Its mine but if you find a buyer you can keep half the money". Based on the logic that half of something is better than all of nothing.

    Are garden sheds really a hot ticket item? I doubt it. Sounds like people are seeing trouble here when the reality is probably far more mundane.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,675 ✭✭✭Deeec

    How has he stolen the property from his ex - he owns it too. If the husband sells it it is a legitimate sale as he owns it. The new owner will not have to return the shed. The wife then needs to pursue the husband for her share if she wishes. There really is'nt a problem here for the new owner - you are making it sound complicated when it isnt.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 922 ✭✭✭Amik

    Thanks everyone! Lots of the same thoughts I had were reflected here. I've gone ahead with the purchase with the thinking they will just need to split the money instead of take the shed back.