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    Locked property

    So I just moved into my new house. My landlord had a problem getting the last tenets to move out and has been very difficult for the last 4 months, we finnially have gotten him out of the house have signed the papers and are getting everything in order. My problem is that a shed and a backyard has came with the property that he has occupied with his 2 dogs, and the shed is locked to where only he has a key. It has been a week now and he hasn't came to get any of his belongings or dogs. What should I do and how should I go about getting his belonging off of my property. I was told by the cops that I cannot break into the shed although it's apart of the property I'm renting. Or I can get charged with breaking and entering. What should I do!

    #2
    Unless (very unlikely) the tenancy excludes the shed/yard, it's your property, for you to use. But clearly you can't dispose of someone else's belongings, and probably don't want to get involved with a dispute that ain't yours. Don't think you would be charged with breaking & entering but if you got rid of stuff that might be theft.

    Dogs locked in shed for over a week (or in yard)?? I'd phone Police & RSPCA immediately. I don't hold with cruelty to animals. B*st*rd.

    I would write to landlord requiring him to provide you with access. Let him sort it out. A sensible landlord would get it opened using a locksmith & move belongings (after photographing everything, carefully) to a storage facility.
    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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      #3
      Unless I've misread, it sounds like your landlord has rented you an unusable property. If the shed is included in the tenancy agreement, it's not unreasonable to expect access to it. If anything has been left in the property and it's subsequently rented out, it's now part of the 'contents'. If the previous tenant has left two dogs in the property, your landlord (or you) should call the RSPCA and report them as abandoned.
      Depending on the shed status in your agreement, the police are wrong about breaking and entering. It's your property to do with as you please (as long as it's eventually returned in the established inventory condition).
      Bottom line is that your landlord should have dealt with this long before you got the keys. You shouldn't have this problem.
      I may be a housing professional but my views, thoughts, opinions, advice, criticisms or otherwise on this board are mine and are not representative of my company, colleagues, managers. I am here as an independent human being who simply wants to learn new stuff, share ideas and interact with like minded people.

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        #4
        Dogs left for a week??? And you say the police told you to leave them in there? Seriously?

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          #5
          Originally posted by security2 View Post
          Dogs left for a week??? And you say the police told you to leave them in there? Seriously?
          My thoughts exactly. Clearly exaggerated/poorly explained.

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            #6
            Ok for you all who think I am exaggeratING I am not, the landlord is scared of the guy, didn't pay rent for 4 months, finally got the house landlord does not have key to shed because the guy changed the lock, and will not give them over until he is done getting his things, it has been a whole freaking week, and he has grabbed one box out of the garage, the dogs have been sitting in the back yard for a week, how is this poorly explaind. If you think it's a joke dismiss your self, I'm here looking for help in this situation. I can't even move my own dogs in? I live in a small town of hughes arkansas the law there aren't the brightest, what I told you was explained to me last night, they specifically said since he put the lock on the shed that if I was to break in there, I would get in trouble, can't explain it any clearer. I shouldn't have to deal with this problem, but I am so, any real advice would be appreciated and for the advice that was given thank you.

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              #7
              Originally posted by HantsAgent View Post

              My thoughts exactly. Clearly exaggerated/poorly explained.
              This isn't a joke? If you have no advice just don't respond

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                #8
                Originally posted by kendrick729 View Post

                This isn't a joke? If you have no advice just don't respond

                What human leaves an animal in a locked shed for a week in their own garden regardless of any ownership issues/questions.

                Any normal person would have called the RSPCA within 24 hours and/or kicked the door in to feed the poor creatures.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by kendrick729 View Post
                  I live in a small town of hughes arkansas
                  landlordzone.CO.UK

                  We're based in the UK, it's pretty unlikely anyone here will know individual state laws in the USA relating to property, animals and ownership.

                  I wish you the best of luck with it though.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by security2 View Post
                    Dogs left for a week??? And you say the police told you to leave them in there? Seriously?
                    Yes seriously a whole week, I have been keeping my own dogs at my old house do to this.

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                      #11
                      We're not going to be able to help you - we're based in the United Kingdom, where the laws are different.

                      If you lived here, the police and RSPCA would have taken the dogs.
                      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
                        Originally posted by HantsAgent View Post


                        What human leaves an animal in a locked shed for a week in their own garden regardless of any ownership issues/questions.

                        Any normal person would have called the RSPCA within 24 hours and/or kicked the door in to feed the poor creatures.
                        I said the back yard, the dogs aren't my responsibility, I have not delt with this situation before, I don't even know what rspca is, I'm clearly trying to find a way to resolve this? So why are you talking down on me?

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                          #13
                          Call the RSPCA/animal welfare about the dogs. Now. What is being done to them is cruel!! And in this weather!!!!

                          As for the property in the shed, I have not a clue.

                          Reading your post, your based in the United States aren't you? This forum is primarily full of people in the UK, so wont be able to offer much in the way of useful advice.


                          //edit - just seen as I took ages typing this that everyone else has replied.

                          RSPCA is a UK thing, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals.
                          https://www.rspca.org.uk/home

                          Must be something similar in the states.

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                            #14
                            You're in the USA... Home of Google. I suggest you use it to help you.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kendrick729 View Post

                              I said the back yard, the dogs aren't my responsibility, I have not delt with this situation before, I don't even know what rspca is, I'm clearly trying to find a way to resolve this? So why are you talking down on me?
                              Not your responsibility??? Wherever in the world you are, do you condone animal cruelty? Fix that situation first them deal with everything else.

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