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    Property Possession And Police!


    I have a Possession order for my property which I rented out to a council tennant. The tennant has moved out but I am still going ahead with the county court bailiffs which will happen in 2 weeks time.

    However my tenant is coming back to the property and making a mess in it throwing things about and ransacking the place. He has also broken a window.

    I dont have the keys to the property as the tenant had changed the locks during his tenancy which he did not give me a copy of. I have asked him numerious times for the keys and also rang up about the damage. He is saying that he has read the letter from the county court and that I will have to wait until that date to get any keys back.

    I have been to the Police who I found tried to help but really dont know much about 'Civil Matters'.

    I explained the situation to the policemen there and 'unofficially' he said he couldnt see any problem with going into the property to make sure it was safe as I had concerns for it and then change the locks while I was there to stop the tenant going back.

    Has any one had any experience of tennant casuing damage when they are being evicted and can any one offer any advice?


    There was a thread not all that long ago along similar lines. It was basically agreed that if you believed the property was unsafe, due to say the front door being left unlocked, you could enter and change the locks - AS LONG AS, you left some kind of note on the front door or visible from the front, saying you have changed the locks for security purposes, and the tenant can contact you for the new keys. Will seem a bit of a waste of time if he does contact you, but my guess is he wouldnt.

    Two threads to have a look at:
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