What to do with items left behind
Category: End of Tenancy Cleaning
After all, you want a quick turnaround, with the next set of tenants able to move in as soon as possible to avoid any lengthy void periods.
Unfortunately inventory checking and End of Tenancy Cleaning is not always as straightforward as you'd think, especially if you come across items the previous occupants have left behind.
So what do you do in this situation? Can you simply throw these items away? And can you charge the tenants for the cost of clearing unwanted items out?
Under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977, you can only dispose of items left behind in your rental property if you follow certain procedures.
First of all, you must write to the tenants and let them know that you intend to throw away or sell the goods, giving them adequate time to collect anything they wish to collect.
You should send your letter via recorded delivery and keep a copy yourself. Include your contact details and let them know where the goods are being held.
If you do not have a forwarding address for your tenants, you can get rid of the items if you can prove you made reasonable attempts to locate them through tracing agents.
As a landlord, you have the right to charge tenants for the cost of clearing unwanted or forgotten items out of your property. Professional cleaners will do this as part of an end of tenancy service.
If you choose to sell any of the goods, the money raised will belong to the tenant. However, you can deduct any costs associated with the sale. This includes advertising costs and auctioneer's fees.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva