Larceny of Leased or Rented Property

The crime of larceny of leased or rented property is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 87. In order for someone to be convicted of larceny of leased or rented property, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The individual leased or rented some personal property;
  • The individual concealed some or all of that property, aided or abetted in concealing some or all of that property, failed or refused to return the property to its owner within 10 days after the expiration of the lease or rental agreement, or sold or conveyed some or all of that property without the written consent of its owner;
  • The individual did this with the intent to place the property beyond the control of its owner.

If the individual presents false information in obtaining the property, this will be prima facie evidence of intent to place the property beyond the control of its owner. However, the individual will not be convicted if he or she was unaware that the property belonged to another person or if the individual had a right to acquire or dispose of the property.

An individual who is convicted of larceny of leased or rented property can be punished by imprisonment of up to 1 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000. In addition to any punishment, the individual must make restitution to the owner for any financial loss.

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