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  • Legal FAQs

    Moving tenant's goods after eviction?

    Hi Guys

    Does anyone know whether or not there is legal restriction against a landlord touching and moving goods left in a house by a tenant evicted by High Court enforcement officers during the 7 days the former tenant has to come and remove the goods? i.e. moving them from all rooms in the house and packing them into just one room so that re-decoration etc can begin without having to wait for the 7 days to elapse.

    For the avoidance of doubt, none of the goods will be disposed.

    They will simply all be piled into one room. I forgot to ask the HCEO about this and their office is close today. I have spare time today to do this but I don't want to just press ahead without knowing 100% whether or not the law allows this. Thanks in advance.

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    Yes you can do that. For your information read the TORTS act 1977.

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    I would advise you to take photo evidence along with witness of all goods left .

    At a later date the ex tenant could make a claim against you . I always get my inventory clerk to do this as he is independant   So take a witness just incase. 

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    Thanks. Both myself, my lettings agent and the HCEO have already done that. As I said in my question, I am not intending to discard the belongings. I am only moving them into one room.

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    Under no circumstances let your tenant back into the property to collect goods  If they get a foot in the door you may regret letting them in if they refuse to leave. You may even have to evict them all over again!

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    Have a look at ' Abandoned Goods '   on the Landlord Advice menu    https://www.PossessionFriend.uk    its very comprehensive with some practical tips on handling different kinds of property and assimilating evidence to safeguard the landlord from future potential civil claims.

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