When can I skip evicted tenants left belongings?

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11:04 AM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

When can I skip evicted tenants left belongings?

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When can I skip evicted tenants left belongings?

We have the bailiffs going to take possession of our property next week. I know the tenant is not going to have removed all his belongings, but we need to clear the property as soon as possible.

My question is when can I skip any belongings left over or do I have to store them for a period of time?

Many thanks

Chris


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Neil Patterson

11:10 AM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

This is Shelter's advice for Bailiff evictions:

Removal of belongings
You should arrange for removal and storage of your furniture and possessions before the eviction takes place.

Your belongings will be locked inside the property unless you remove them.

The lender/landlord only has to take care of your possessions for a limited period.

The lender/landlord usually writes and asks you to collect your belongings by a certain date. For example, within 2 weeks of the eviction. They could take steps to dispose of your belongings if you don't collect them by the date stated.

The council can help with storage of your belongings if you're homeless or facing homelessness. They can make a reasonable charge for this.

mary marshall

12:12 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Does anyone know what the situation would be if a tenant who has given proper notice and moved out but leaves his wreck of a car behind on the allotted parking space?

WP

12:14 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

My experience was as follows...
Evicted tenant - was there at eviction with the Bailiff and I left a 'Tort' notice on the front door with my contact details on giving him 14 days notice that he either contacts me to make a date to remove rest of his belongings or I put out on the street (do not mention selling them - google it - lot more possible aggro!). I also texted him the same info.
If he decided to take it further, (he didn't as trashed the place and left with arrears) I covered myself showing I tried to make contact as he left no forwarding address.
If your tenant is made homeless as a result of eviction they will have to tell Council they have belongings left. Council can just ignore this or offer them storage space (if they have it) but the council will charge them.
After 14 days turf the stuff onto the pavement. Done.

WP

12:18 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by mary marshall at 27/01/2020 - 12:12
Anything in contract about what he should do about this when he left?

I'd tell him you are going to charge him removal costs from his deposit before it is returned if he doesn't shift it in 14 days from day he left. Document it all in case he takes it further.

WP

12:41 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

oh and don't forget to send the Tort notice of evidence to the Council so they can still charge the tenant for the Council tax due on the property while his belongings still in situ until the 14 days notice expires. You can't re let until this notice expires so why should you have to pay the CT? I used the two weeks Tort notice to show other people around the property. and got it re let pretty sharpish after that.

terry sullivan

13:37 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by mary marshall at 27/01/2020 - 12:12arson? or more realistically push it onto highway to vacate the parking space

Dave Walmsley

14:49 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

The statement in your editorial piece stating that that the proposed new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 commence in April 2020 this is not correct, as should they pass int Law they will come into force on 1st June 2020

Simon Smith

15:58 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by WP at 27/01/2020 - 12:41
Do the Council take notice of this Notice ? - I have just taken possession of an abandoned property left with loads of clothing /rubbish etc in it- The tenant has advised the Council they moved out on Dec 7 and the Council have charged me for CT since then- Will they reinburse me if I send them the Notice with the Collection date on ??

Julie Ford

17:31 PM, 27th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dave Walmsley at 27/01/2020 - 14:49
Having read the draft bill, it does state the commencement date is April 2020 but effects tenancies from July 2020.
The draft bill is full of errors as it then goes on the day that the law will effect all tenancies on 1st April 2021, which doesn’t support its enforcement date.
Let’s hope they get it right before it gets Royal Ascent

WP

12:19 PM, 28th January 2020
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Simon Smith at 27/01/2020 - 15:58
I did just that. A copy of the Bailiff letter and a copy of the Tort notice. I even sent them a photo of the tort notice as posted on the door and photos of the belongings left inside. Next thing I got was a CT bill from the date of the tort notice expiry.

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