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    #16
    It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail.
    - Mark Twain in Eruption

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      #17
      Thanks??
      I fully accept there was a lack of knowledge on my part, not sure the result was undeserved though. The process has been and still is very educational

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        #18
        So for completeness and including the bits from this post - https://forums.landlordzone.co.uk/fo...-step-after-po

        The PO deadline was the day before yesterday so I left a note a couple of days before stating I'd be coming in to inspect and please be gone etc. The house is basically as it was on my last visit, minor a few possessions. I spoke with the neighbours who last saw the tenant over a month ago with a van filled with what he assumed was bedding etc; the keys are all on the side bar one on the mat. No note of surrender but I'm happy that I'll be OK with implied surrender here. Dates on crud in the fridge was from Nov / Dec 2017 and there was a melting loaf in the cupboard (never seen that before).

        Overall the property is in a gopping state but my main issue now is what to do with all his crap!?

        There was also a huge pile of post; checking the PO box returns it seem most are debt collection so they're getting RTS as a priority.

        To date, not a fun experience but very enlightening.

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          #19
          I'd say that if tenant returns the keys, they don't want the items left behind. Drag any large items outside and arrange a special collection.

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            #20
            STRONGLY suggest you take a LOAD of photos, ideally date/time-stamped, with a witness, showing they have gone. Can you pit all their junk in a shed or garage?

            Obviously all those letters had terrible glue or they would not have "fallen open". I found new employer of an ex-tenant who owed me money when his new tax-coding dropped through the door & "fell open". Then collected some (not all) of his debt...

            Amazing what info spills out - NI number, employer name, etc etc etc...

            Good result for you!
            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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              #21
              I wore the battery out on the camera taking snaps! Had to involve the neighbour as the front door key I had didn't work (lock wasn't changed it was just a rubbish key) so I had to lob over his 6ft fence to access the back! He wasn't very impressed at the state the house was left in either and said good riddance
              It is shocking the state of glue these days. Just doesn't to adhere like it should anymore...

              New locks measured and bought, will install soonest to be on safe side. How long are you supposed to keep an ex tenants property for? It's basically a furnished flat again lol

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                #22
                Originally posted by Hillsy101 View Post
                ..... How long are you supposed to keep an ex tenants property for? It's basically a furnished flat again lol
                See...
                https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/infor...ods-in-rentals

                Might be cheapest to put everything into store, then you can re-let & start making money again...

                Lucky you they left without bailiffs..



                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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                  #23
                  Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                  Just checking something I've received conflicting advice about-G8 can only be used IF it's written into the tenancy agreement?

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                    #24
                    Yes, you are right, for s8 ground 8, is only valid if tenancy permits it during fixed term. I was suggesting s8 g10.

                    How many months unpaid rent today?

                    One is of course at liberty to issue an invalid notice (tenant's might not understand it's invalid)
                    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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                      #25
                      Locks changed so peace of mind there and have notified and given my details to the neighbour on the off chance the tenant comes a knocking. Old LA is organising a checkout so we can start claiming the deposit back too but they say it will be another week before they can do it

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                        #26
                        Good luck. I always think giving contact details to neighbours is the cheapest insurance available! I've had the odd annoying 'phone call but also a couple of gems of information.
                        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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                          #27
                          That's good to know. He seems a pretty stand up guy and been there for 9 years so I'm comfortable having handed them over. Have sent some requests to the email and phone number I have for the ex tenant asking about his stuff and doing what I can to see if he wants it or not, figured it will look good should push comes to shove.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                            Yes, you are right, for s8 ground 8, is only valid if tenancy permits it during fixed term. I was suggesting s8 g10.

                            How many months unpaid rent today?

                            One is of course at liberty to issue an invalid notice ( might not understand it's invalid)
                            Sorry meant S8 as opposed to G8 in my original post above. So only during fixed-term, for most grounds then if pre-written in TA? (Realise some grounds ie 1 and 2 must be written in but unsure about others) What about a SPT then? Is S8 OK to use here then? Really need to clear this up!

                            Thanks

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                              #29
                              OK, time has passed and the place is cleared and decorated and ready for letting again! It got me to remind myself - what about the tenant that left without paying the back rent and registering the CCJ? I called the courts and have been directed to guidance note EX321 and to pick an option. Apparently the CCJ is not automatic and it seems as though they won't just take the unpaid money order from the court and register the CCJ without something else (not specified) being done. Is this correct?! I didn't have to use bailliffs as the tenant departed which is presumeably why nothing was triggered. Help?

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