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£4000 found when ripping out kitchen

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ElizabethDarcy88 · 13/06/2022 18:06

Today after having old kitchen ripped out our fitter found hidden a box and inside was £4000 in cash. ...we have informed solicitor who managed the sale. (It was a probate house sale) what do you think will happen?

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gamerchick · 13/06/2022 18:07

You're more honest than me like Grin

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IanOsenfrote · 13/06/2022 18:08

You buy a house and everything within it.

If you found toxic waste, it would be up to you to dispose of it.

Honestly, I would have kept my mouth shut and put it towards your kitchen.

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FAQs · 13/06/2022 18:09

That was good of you to do so, many wouldn’t and I can’t hand on heart say I’d do the same, are you sure it was left from the last sale and not previous owners?

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IglesiasPiggl · 13/06/2022 18:09

Oh gosh, how exciting! I have to say I would have probably kept quiet and hung onto it for a few months to see what happened.

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IanOsenfrote · 13/06/2022 18:10

I somehow posted the above without adding 'I am not a lawyer'

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ImAvingOops · 13/06/2022 18:10

I think it's yours - you bought the house! Don't know why you'd contact the solicitor

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CrispsnDips · 13/06/2022 18:10

Bless you..many people would not have said. It could belong to any previous owner …? The fitter was very honest, too!

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SummerHouse · 13/06/2022 18:11

I would guess it's drug money or the owner has died. I think it will come back to you but I am just speculating...

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mackthepony · 13/06/2022 18:11

You just created a LOT more work for the solicitor

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IglesiasPiggl · 13/06/2022 18:12

But it could have predated the previous owner. How would they prove it was theirs and not the owner before them?

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ItsSnowJokes · 13/06/2022 18:12

You should have kept quiet! You buy the house as it is! It's yours now. Now there will be a battle between the old owners about it. Costly mistake.

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SummerHouse · 13/06/2022 18:13

mackthepony · 13/06/2022 18:11

You just created a LOT more work for the solicitor

Don't worry thier fee is 4k 😂

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ElizabethDarcy88 · 13/06/2022 18:14

I think both husband and I were in shock!!! Kinda hope that because it's probate house the seller would have to declare it so might be easier for her to say let us keep it

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theemmadilemma · 13/06/2022 18:15

OP did the correct thing legally from what I can see...

www.sellhousefast.uk/blog/guide-keeping-goods-left-behind-previous-tenants/

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GordonBennetttt · 13/06/2022 18:16

I'd have kept it, with no regrets

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ivykaty44 · 13/06/2022 18:16

But it could have predated the previous owner. How would they prove it was theirs and not the owner before them?

depending on how long they were in the house and how the notes appear - if their are pound notes it would be dated different from the old twenty pound not and new five pound notes

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KisstheTeapot14 · 13/06/2022 18:17

Hope you get to keep it OP. I would have declared it too. Fingers crossed your honesty is repaid in full.

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D0lphine · 13/06/2022 18:17

Lol I would have kept it

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Hellocatshome · 13/06/2022 18:17

That would have gone straight in my pocket with maybe a couple hundred tip for the kitchen fitter!

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ElizabethDarcy88 · 13/06/2022 18:18

Sadly can confirm must be previous owner as they brought the house as new in the 60's....I do wonder at the hiding place makes me concerned as neither parent whilst alive informed their son and daughter-in-law about it otherwise they would have move it I'm guessing

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UtterlyUnimaginativeUsername · 13/06/2022 18:18

I'd probably keep it and tip the fitter £500.

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OperationRinka · 13/06/2022 18:20

Unfortunately because it's a probate house the executors may have much more restricted discretion in being allowed to give you a reward for your honesty.

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Thighdentitycrisis · 13/06/2022 18:24

Wow you are honest - I’m not sure I would have done that!

a friend once found a large sum in notes hidden in a council house she moved into. It was a small place and she knew the family of the previous elderly tenant who had died, so passed it on to their children (through gritted teeth!)

hope you get to keep it though

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BowiesJumper · 13/06/2022 18:24

Is it in current notes, or obsolete ones? Might give an indication as to how long it’s been there.

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MarshaBradyo · 13/06/2022 18:25

That was nice of you op

Not sure what I would have done maybe post here then decide ;

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