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    Letting agent removed property

    Not sure if this is in the right place

    My bro got arrested and remanded in custody and within a week his letting agent emptied his room of all his property ie TV sofa clothes ect
    When I questioned him he said there had been a burglary and everything was taken he then said all the electrical items were taken and the rest was in storage but wont let me have it even with written permission so I belive he has thrown it all away
    where do I stand ?? As my bro has asked me to deal with it as he wont be around for a while
    Oh I also have video evidence of what the agent said

    #2
    This sounds like an illegal eviction, even if the contents is being properly protected.

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      #3
      yes there was a case in the newspapers not too long back very similar which i read recently , but this one sounds even worse - I know you say the things are in storage but was your brother up-to-date with rents and were was he aware of any eviction notices going on ?

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        #4
        Brother should report theft - by persons unknown/uncertain to Police. And call Shelter 0808 800 4444 about illegal eviction.

        Landlords and agents can & have been fined, got criminal record and gone to jail for illegal eviction: Also for harassment.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Unfortunately, while your brother might want you to sort something out, the agent doesn't have to have anything to do with you because you're not involved in the tenancy.

          Your brother needs to report the loss to the police or involve a solicitor.
          It's possible that if you threaten to do either of those things, the agent might be more flexible.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            Presumably this is a HMO?
            Did any of the other tenants get anything stolen during this 'burglary'?

            You could start by asking the LA for the crime number he was given when he reported the burglary to the police.

            Any bets that there isn't one because there was no burglary to report?
            (Except for the one carried out by the LA himself, which you/your brother should now report if you don't get the goods returned PDQ).

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              #7
              I was confused about the timing of the burglary. Was it from the property, or from the agent?

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                #8
                Originally posted by leaseholder64 View Post
                I was confused about the timing of the burglary. Was it from the property, or from the agent?
                It was from the property

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                  #9
                  Update
                  it got reported to police who have not contacted me in a week
                  The letting agent wont deal with me and police have said if I go back il be arrested
                  The council are not intrested in the illegal eviction
                  So now the solicitor has written to the letting agent (fri) and are still waiting for a response
                  Also reported the letting agent his trade body who are very intrested in it
                  il also be uploading the video of the letting agent lying to YouTube soon

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                    #10
                    You are not the tenant, it was not your property that was removed, the police won't deal with you only with your brother (or his solicitor).

                    You are not the tenant, the LA has nothing to do with you, if you are harassing the LA then you are commiting a criminal offence and may be arrested.

                    You are not the tenant, the council will not deal with you, only with the tenant (or his solicitor).

                    You may soon be facing a defamation charge if you upload a derogatory video.

                    Leave things in the hands of the solicitor or you'll get yourself into trouble.

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                      #11
                      Couldn't agree more with the above.

                      It's unfortunate that you can't act for your brother, but you can't.
                      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                        #12
                        Agree, unless your brother gives you a written "Form of authority" to act for him: e.g.

                        https://www.nhas.org.uk/docs/Form_of_Authority.rtf


                        or
                        https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/?p...authority-form

                        Advice agencies (eg CaB) and solicitors use them regularly
                        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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