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    My garage tenant’s fixed term contract ran out in April 2008 and he has not paid rent since March. Since April I have repeatedly asked him by email and phone to remove his things, but he won’t move his stuff out, won’t pay rent, and threatens legal action if I move or sell it.

    I have sent a Notice to Quit to his last known address & taped a copy to the garage door, and also a letter giving formal notice under the Torts (interference with goods) Act 1977 that I intend to sell his goods if he doesn’t remove them within 28 days.

    I understand that as a garage tenant, he has no security of tenure. Does this mean that after the 28 days I can empty out the garage ? Or must I take further legal steps if he doesn’t remove his things by the deadline ?

    I don’t imagine the stuff is worth selling but would like to ask a charity to come and take what they want – would that be permissible ?

    Thanks for your advice !

    #2
    I would just get rid! Keep receipts if you have to pay to have the stuff moved or details of what you make (and how you offset it against what he owes!) if you do get anything for it. I believe that provided the right notice is served (which I assume it now has been - did you keep cert of posting or send registered?) then there is nothing to worry about. In my experience 9/10 times the stuff goes. The 1 out of 10 - I gain useless stuff ... such is life
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      #3
      Originally posted by tiptop View Post
      I understand that as a garage tenant, he has no security of tenure.
      Is it just a lock-up garage for private vehicle parking, unassociated with business use?
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