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Adrian7
21-02-2008, 12:02 PM
My tenant was evicted but left the evening before the ballif arrived. She left a lot of possessions at the house, including furniture, electrical goods, beds and bedding, etc, etc.
I posted a notice on the window giving her 7 days to collect and remove her goods. No contact was made to arrange this.
I have a paragraph in my tenancy agreement that all goods left behind can be disposed of by the landlord at the tenants expense.
What I need to know is can I legally now remove and dispose of these goods?

Thanks for any help.

PaulF
21-02-2008, 15:14 PM
If you didn't specify a time limit in your AST before which the tenant has to reclaim their possessions if they vacate/abandon, then legally you have to safely store them for 90 days. You can charge the tenant for this if you have any money left, and for their (eventual) disposal and you have to take reasonable steps to locate them such as their last known workplace! If the possessions have any value then you should auction them; the money belongs to the tenant (less your reasonable expenses) which you must keep for 6 years in case they claim it from you.

jeffrey
21-02-2008, 15:55 PM
Also see Torts (Interfernce with Goods) Act 1977.
Section 12 and Schedule 1 are the relevant provisions.

Esio Trot
21-02-2008, 16:49 PM
What I need to know is can I legally now remove and dispose of these goods?

What if you had a break-in and the stuff was taken?

You surely would have no liability, as your care obligation would have been satisfied by them being in locked premises?

Esio Trot
21-02-2008, 17:01 PM
My tenant was evicted but left the evening before the ballif arrived. She left a lot of possessions at the house, including furniture, electrical goods, beds and bedding, etc, etc.
I posted a notice on the window giving her 7 days to collect and remove her goods. No contact was made to arrange this.

So by doing a notice you have admitted goods are on the premises. Shame.

You are entitled to charge for storage. This should be reasonable, but round out way even to hire a pallet sized area of storage with a company is £20 a month inc vat. The goods would have to be worth something for this to be worthwhile.

I know of an owner who gets rid of tenants abandoned items without any delay. One tenant surfaces a fortnight later and wanted the goods or redress. The owner said that when he attended the place was bare, and asked them for a written inventory, including serial numbers of any electrical items, or other identifying marks so that an investigation could be made as to their whereabouts. If they were located, then the tenant was advised that these would be released once the storage charges were met. Nothing came of it.

Beeber
21-02-2008, 20:50 PM
http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/uncollected_goods.htm