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    Getting rid of lodgers possessions

    I had a lodger move in last September she was a friends daughter so we didn’t sign any contract or lease. She went to Sheffield couple of months ago then told me she wasn’t moving back. I sent her a text saying she had to give a months notice which runs out 24/09/2020. I don’t have a forwarding address but messaged her to remove her stuff by the 30th. She is refusing to do this. Can I just remove her stuff as I want to rekey the room and obviously can’t do this with her stuff init. She has been rude and threatening

    #2
    You could place a public notice in Sheffield Star and/or Telegraph inviting collection and setting deadline of Sept 30th or a date of your choosing.Might cost £40 recoverable by auctioning clothing on ebay.

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      #3
      Originally posted by gnvqsos View Post
      You could place a public notice in Sheffield Star and/or Telegraph inviting collection and setting deadline of Sept 30th or a date of your choosing.Might cost £40 recoverable by auctioning clothing on ebay.
      You could also hire an aircraft writing the same message into the sky above Sheffield. Might cost you a few grand and I would submit is equally useful to the above suggestion.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ChrisDennison View Post

        You could also hire an aircraft writing the same message into the sky above Sheffield. Might cost you a few grand and I would submit is equally useful to the above suggestion.
        Thats daft-person may be out when plane flies over!Also you would have little evidence unless you travelled to Sheffield and took a photograph.Can you not be a bit more sensible?

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          #5
          Are you still friends with the parent? Contact them.

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            #6
            Originally posted by gnvqsos View Post

            Thats daft-person may be out when plane flies over!Also you would have little evidence unless you travelled to Sheffield and took a photograph.Can you not be a bit more sensible?
            Haha thanks. I don't think this is an issue of evidence at all. It is more an issue of what is actually required to be done by the landlord.

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              #7
              You need to make reasonable efforts to contact the tenant to arrange the collection of the goods.
              What's reasonable depends on the value of the goods, so usually it's not much more than reminding them where they are, asking them to get in touch to arrange collection and a deadline after which they'll be disposed of.

              If you sell any of the items, the money (less any reasonable cost of the sale) belongs to the owner, so normally the items are binned.
              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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                #8
                What if you give the belongings to the local charity poundshop for nothing?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Bram Stoker View Post
                  What if you give the belongings to the local charity poundshop for nothing?
                  Same outcome as binning the goods.
                  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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                    #10
                    Yet again another example of never rent to friends, relatives or friends thereof. Next time, strangers & written lodger agreement, option for 1 week notice both sides and cover goods left behind.
                    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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                      #11
                      Friends daughter you say ? Are they local ?

                      phone friend. Explain you want to dump all thier daughter's stuff in the local lake, but will hold onto it for 28 days.

                      if local, take it to friends house and leave it, with them. If not local, send 2 letters to daughter and friend explaining that you can't store her stuff and you feel 28 days is reasonable for her to arrange to.pick it up.
                      If she doesn't pick it up, email.the Gumtree links to your adverts, and once you've sold all.the stuff, send her 50% of the cash

                      forget the lack of notice. You had nothing in writting.


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                        #12
                        The Torts, Interference with Goods Act would still apply, although I agree with the sentiment about taking a more robust approach.

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                          #13
                          My understanding is that you have to hold on to possessions that are left behind for six months after which time they become yours to dispose of as you see fit. But surely your friend should be prepared to take them on their daughter's behalf?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by MrJHG View Post
                            My understanding is that you have to hold on to possessions that are left behind for six months after which time they become yours to dispose of as you see fit.
                            That's not right.
                            The person who has the items in their possession has to make reasonable efforts to contact the owner to arrange for the items to be collected.
                            What's reasonable depends on the value of the goods (which would extend to how long they had to be kept).

                            The goods never become the property of the person they've been left with.
                            They can be disposed of on behalf of the original owner.
                            If they're sold the proceeds belong to the original owner.
                            If the person keeps the goods for themselves, they remain the property of the original owner, kept in trust for them by the person in possession.

                            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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                              #15
                              My understanding is from 1985 when my ex-partner left, among other things, a car in my garden for months on end. However, having just read The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977, it would seem that after reasonable notice is given, commonly 21 days, items can be sold but the proceeds belong to the tenant for up to six years after the sale.

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