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Tenant Obligations (England) | Tenant Relations and Dealing with Complaints (England)

Removing tenant’s items from communual area

1 May 2016 | 1 comment

Hello

I have a tenant who had decide to use the top of the stairs as a dirty clothes store and a place to have his exercise bike. I told him this cannot continue and explained a cleaner is starting in 2 weeks, Thursday 5th May, so it needs to be tied up and removed.

As of yesterday the items are still there, if it gets to Thursday and the items are still there what would be the most appropriate action to take?

Would it be a case of issuing a letter and then removing the items myself after a specific date if no action has been taken?

Thank you

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  1. guildy

    Please see our goods left at property article for details of removing and looking after goods. Once removed, you will be a bailee and must take reasonable care of the items. You can serve a notice on the tenant seeking collection and another saying the goods will be disposed of (all on the article linked above).

    Is the property an HMO? This includes if it’s a converted block of flats and the conversion does not comply with the Building Regulations 1991 or better – see this article to determine if you have an HMO.

    It will actually be useful in this case if the building is an HMO. Under the management regulations, it is a requirement on the landlord / manager that communal areas be clear at all times. It is a further duty that residents must comply with reasonable requests from the manager about requirements under the regulations. A failure of the tenant to comply is a criminal offence and carries an unlimited fine!

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