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    I have just had a tenant leave owing over £2000 in rent and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage, Broken fixtures and fittings, A door completely smashed, a brand new carpet ruined etc,etc. They have left no forwarding address, although I will know it in a few days. They have taken several items including all the crockery, cutlery, the cooker, cooker hood, curtain poles several other items and even the light bulbs. They left behind an old fridge and an old hoover belonging to them .
    Am I legally responsible for the safekeeping of these items? if so for how long? and Is it worthwhile contacting the police and having them charged with theft and criminal damage. After talking to the neighbours it appears they have been doing this for a number of years, moving ten times in the last five years within the same area and leaving behind a trail of debt.

    #2
    Report it to the police by all means, but don't hold your breath that they will follow it up, the best you can hope for is a crime number to show your insurance company.

    If you know where they are then issue a summons for all the costs and rents they owe you, once you have a judgment you can attempt to enforce it for six years, including attachment of earnings. (if they work).
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      Thanks for the information, Any idea what I can do with the goods they left behind

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        #4
        If they've done it 10 times in 5 years then it is imperative you take court action then enforce a CCJ.

        Then any future landlord running a credit check will be forwarned. Did you credit and reference check them?

        Google "landlordzone uncollected goods" & you'll find what do do on left items
        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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          #5
          Originally posted by jta View Post
          Report it to the police by all means, but don't hold your breath that they will follow it up, the best you can hope for is a crime number to show your insurance company.
          The police's argument will probably be that even if they find the ex-tenant to be in possession of items which are apparently yours, they will not be able to prove that they are in fact yours unless they are unique or you can provide the serial numbers. It therefore pays to keep a note of the serial number of anything which has a serial number. If the police then find that the ex-tenant has an item where the serial number matches the one you give, they will be more inclined to add to the list anything without a serial number.

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            #6
            I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. I've just had a bad one, but fortunately they paid their rent even though I had a lot of repairs and redecoration to do.

            Not trying to be all self righteous, but just wondering when you took on these tenants how did you check them out/reference etc? If they have a trail of destruction wouldn't you have been able to know before taking them on, through reference checking and previous LLs?

            I'd just like to learn from your experience and not suffer the same - I'm a relatively inexperienced LL.

            On the plus side they have gone and you now have an opportunity to get it all back in order.

            All the best

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