Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Following the serving of a Section 21 Notice on a tenant of mine and subsequent application to the Court for a possession order, it was successfully granted. My tenant is due to give up the property in 2 days time.
My tenant has not been living at the property for quite a while (I know this as I have been notified of this by neighbours and by the fact that he has failed to top up his electric and gas meters – they are down to zero credit). He fails to respond to any form of communication (phone calls, sent letters, emails and text messages). A lot of his belongings remain at the property.
Come Tuesday, when we go round to the property to take back possession, am I able to change the locks and start putting the property back into a lettable condition even though his belongings remain there? (the tenant has smashed it up and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. Hence the serving of Notice to Quit and criminal action being taken against him).
If so, what do I do with his belongings, am I able to remove them from the property and dispose of them?
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