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Abandonment of Goods or Possessions

  • Goods left by departing tenants remain the property of the tenants.
  • Old TVs and apparently worthless items might look like rubbish - and may well be - but they belong to the tenants.
  • Landlords cannot interfere with a tenant's goods or possessions. (Torts) Interference with goods Act 1977.
  • The tenants must be advised that their possessions remain and be given an opportunity to collect or recover their belongings.
  • A reasonable period of notice must be allowed prior to discarding a tenant's possessions.
  • Reasonable costs for storage may be charged and tenants should be advised of this.
  • This is the sort of foresight which is ideally provided within the written tenancy agreement prior to establishing a tenancy avoiding potential disputes over such matters later in the tenancy.

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Published: 25 September 2013 Last Updated: 18 November 2021