Question posted in the Criminal Law category relating to Gauteng
Question value: R 300.00
I rented a room in a house share for two years from a family friend and had to relocate to a new place.
I could not take my vehicle with because it was not in a good running condition to make the trip.
The landlord was a family friend and had agreed that I could store the vehicle on his premises because the yard was large and secure.
The car is not on my name because it was given to me by my late father whose estate is currently in dispute, this is the reason why I did not sell the vehicle and instead stored it for collection or sale in the future. The landlord has full knowledge of the situation.
After some time, I go to renew the licence for the vehicle and find out the licence has changed. Upon contacting the landlord, he claimed to have sold the vehicle to his 'gardener' who he cannot contact. I was not notified and did not give any consent.
The vehicle is now being "owned'' by another party with new number plates (fraud done at the licencing dept). Car is still registered in my late dad's name and is part of the estate.
Landlord is scared and offered to refund me the below market price which he sold the vehicle for and I refused because I suspect what he did is illegal and I cannot replace the vehicle with such a low amount. What is the legal precedent and ramification in such cases? *important to note I dont owe the landlord any more and have proof from my bank statements of payment and my deposit being returned upon leaving*