Goods Left at Property

If a tenant abandons a property, leaving belongings, landlords must take care, and efforts should be made to trace the tenant for collection.

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Tenant Moves Out

In most cases, the tenant will move out amicably. There are a few housekeeping items to consider before the next tenant moves in.


If a landlord takes possession when it seems evident that the tenant has abandoned the property, there is a risk that the tenant may then claim unlawful eviction. The landlord could be prosecuted and face a civil damages claim from the tenant. Therefore, the safe option is to obtain an order from the court giving the landlord possession. As detailed earlier, evicting a tenant without a court order is a criminal offence (with very few exceptions).