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    leave my belongings in a shed or garage?

    Hi, Thinking of renting my house for a year while I work abroad , would it be OK/legal to leave all my belongings in a locked garden shed or a locked garage rather than paying for storage? if so do I need to write anything in the contract about this and do I need special insurance? thanks

    #2
    You would need to specifically exclude that shed or garage from the tenancy (if not tenant has right of access & use): Depending on where it is (eg 10ft into property..) that might mean tenant could refuse you access.

    Why would tenant not want use of shed or garage?? It might be cheaper & simpler (eg insurance wise..) not to complicate matters with the letting & tenant, but store your stuff with a storage company....(Were I a tenant I would expect to pay less for not having garage...)

    Insurance?? Try a broker - ideally when buying LL insurance for the property so he has incentive.. Bet there will be inspection/visit conditions though...
    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
      My LL has left a lot of his things in the attic, cupboard under the stairs and in a little room which I think used to be an outdoor toilet (Victorian terraced house) none of this is mentioned in the contract between us, the LA just said he wanted to leave it all there. Just checking the inventory as well, non of the items are even mentioned.

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        #4
        Originally posted by roxylouise View Post
        Just checking the inventory as well, non of the items are even mentioned.
        If the landlord ever says that anything has gone missing, just refer him back to the inventory. Make sure you have given a signed copy back to the letting agent.

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          #5
          On a practical side, a garden shed (and probably a standard garage) is a terrible environment to store personal belongings: It's cold and damp, so unless perhaps you use some kind of air tight, sealed plastic container IMHO you might just directly throw away any books, clothes, etc.

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Why would tenant not want use of shed or garage??
            Well, none of my tenants have the use of shed or garage - because my properties don't have them! I assume that if the tenants had wanted these, they would have rented properties that did have sheds and garages... really, it's no different to the OP letting a property without the garage, provided it's openly excluded the whole time, ie, from the original advert onwards.

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              #7
              There is nothing to prevent a landlord from excluding part of a property from a tenancy. However, the moment to tell any prospective tenant is not just before he signs up. He needs to know before he looks at the property.

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                #8
                thanks for all the great answers

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