10:06 AM, 16th February 2011, About 11 years ago
Tenants often skip their rented home leaving behind old furniture or other belongings that are broken or too heavy to move, leaving the landlord to sort out the mess behind them.
Builders are often culprits as well, abandoning tools and materials at rental houses and never coming back.
Many landlords are unsure of their rights in these circumstances – so here is a guide to what to do if this happens to you:
If no one answers your letter or turns up to collect what they left behind, sell or dispose of the goods.
Most solicitors would suggest you send any letters by recorded delivery, so you can prove they were received if the loser later makes any claim against you.
A ‘reasonable time’ to allow for collection would generally be no less than 30 days.
Some landlords include a warning clause to cover handling goods left behind by the tenant in their letting agreements.
The wording must follow the guidance of the Torts (Interference With Goods) Act 1977 – you can find a copy on line here.
The same rules apply to builders or other tradesmen leaving tools and materials behind when they complete a job.
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