15:46 PM, 6th April 2021, About 4 months ago 10
I recently had to evict a lodger from my house. I gave them 28 days notice for causing a nuisance, but they did not leave, so I had to change the locks. Afterwards, I sent emails and Whatsapps to them explaining what had happened and that they had 2 weeks to collect their belongings.
That was 2 weeks ago, and I have not heard anything since. They have left a lot of stuff in my spare room including valuables – furniture, books, clothes, laptops, paperwork, passport etc.
I would like to rent out my room again but I don’t have anywhere else to store the belongings. My hope is to arrange for a charity or house clearance company to collect everything and in the meantime email my ex lodger and give them another notice of 2 weeks to collect. But is this legal?
How long do I need to keep the items for?
Am I within my rights to donate the items to charity?
To what lengths can I go to trace this person and their contacts? E.g. could I look through their paperwork when I’m packing, to find friends or family contact details?
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