Evicted lodger belongings?

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18:46 PM, 1st June 2017
About 2 years ago

Evicted lodger belongings?

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Evicted lodger belongings?

Hi my lodger been evicted yesterday, I gave her notice she was agreed to move by end of the month the when the time was to vacate the room then she suddenly changed she said has nowhere to go refused to move police were called then before the police come she disappeared she left her belongings in the room what to do with them can I put them outside the house ?

Many thanks

Sukhjeet



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Neil Patterson

18:52 PM, 1st June 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi Sukhjeet

I wouldn't just put them outside, but do you not have any way of contacting the lodger:
Mobile, Facebook, Work, Friends etc.

However from SpareRoom.com >> https://www.spareroom.co.uk/content/info-landlords/what-to-do-if-your-lodger-leaves-possessions-behind

"If your lodger has left, but not taken all their possessions, you might be wondering what you can do with their things. Do you have a right to dispose of, or even move them?

As the items in question don't belong to you, if the ex-lodger asks for them, you should be in a position to return them. But you don't need to leave them taking up space in your spare room. Especially if you're intending to let it out to someone else. Box the items up for storage, and keep them safe for a while, in case they get back in touch. Of course, if you've had to forcibly evict the lodger, make sure there's someone with you (contacting the police is a good idea) when they arrange to pick their stuff up, to prevent any malicious damage being done.

You can't dispose of the items or sell them unless you've formally asked the rightful owner if they can remove them first. Let them know what you're storing for them, and how long you're intending to wait before getting rid of them (14 days is normal). Ideally you should send this formally by recorded delivery, so that you have a record that it was delivered. Use text or email only for following up on this initial course of action. If you get no response within the time period stated, you can sell or dispose of the items. Why not donate useful items to a local charity shop so that someone in need can benefit?

If you don't have an address for your ex-lodger, and you've failed to get in touch with them you can do what you like with their possessions. It's good advice to instruct a tracing company to track them down on a no trace no fee basis. If they can't trace the lodger, you've got prove they were uncontactable. And keep a careful record of everything you've done, just in case the lodger decides to come back and sue you for compensation."

Martin Roberts

9:04 AM, 2nd June 2017
About 2 years ago

Try writing to the tennant at your address, they may have asked the Post Office to redirect mail.

Mike

0:02 AM, 4th June 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi Sukhjeet, it seems like she knew that you had called the police, so she disappeared, that means she is likely to come back when may be you are not expecting her, so I would change door locks and that way she will have to phone you to get her things out, you had given her enough notice so she should have made arrangements somewhere else. but for now you must hold on to her belongings and hope for the best that she don't accuse you of anything else, like common assault and or her things missing, so make sure someone is also there when she does come back. Only call the police as a last resort if she came to collect her belongings and won't leave.
mike

Mandy Thomson

13:37 PM, 4th June 2017
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Patterson" at "01/06/2017 - 18:52":

Good advice, I would just add that if you sell the items the former lodger is entitled to the proceeds of sale minus deduction of landlord's costs provided this has been previously agreed in writing. Further information here: http://www.landlordlegalsolutions.co.uk/cms/document/Guide_to_tenants_possessions_left_at_property__LLS_.pdf

Also, although the value may not justify getting a professional inventory done, it's always a good idea to do your own list with a description and photos, with a witness.


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