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    Possessions left in property

    Lots of rubbish (sorry tenants' possessions) left in the property - probably 3 skips worth. A tracing agent cannot find any details for the tenants but has found details for the relative (not on tenancy) who lived in the property for some months after the tenant moved out without notice. Tenant changed his mobile and doesn't respond to either of the two email addresses we have for him. We will give the tenant details of where his property is being held and how long for before we dispose of it via the email addresses we have. Should we contact the relative as well to ask him to forward this information to the tenant or is that falling foul of any data protection issues? Some of the items left could well belong to the relative.

    #2
    What does tenancy state about uncollected goods, please? Can't read it from here..

    Also see this from a useful site...
    https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/infor...ds-in-rentals/
    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
      Tenancy agreement doesn't say anything about uncollected goods unfortunately.

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        #4
        Originally posted by pebblepebble View Post
        Should we contact the relative as well to ask him to forward this information to the tenant or is that falling foul of any data protection issues?
        You have to make reasonable efforts.
        Sounds like you are way past "reasonable" to me.

        You've done what you can.

        Worst case is that they could try and recover compensation for the loss of their stuff, so take a lot of video and photos and check it's all junk before you bin it.
        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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          #5
          Yeah, as far as I'm aware, you're way past the efforts expected to be made.

          If they brought a claim for interference with goods you have a solid defence that you've made these efforts to contact the person plus instructed a PI to find the person.

          Take photos and skip the lot, if anything comes of it, defend it. Ultimately it's very hard to prove loss from interference with goods unless the ex-T had photos and an inventory (sounds very unlikely), Judges pick apart those claims.

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