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Value of Judgement is GBP23,853.65
Value of property left in the building - my estimate GBP3k
I spoke with the Northampton Court last week. They received a response that the former tenant had replied that 1) they would dispute some of the claim, and 2) they would dispute the Jurisdiction of the Court. Nothing has been received by the court or myself.
The tenant has not been in the building since last November. Vastmerge solicitors wrote at that time requesting he advise them what he proposed to do about the outstanding debt. His response on 4th Dec. to our solicitors was that Newbury District Council had sent in the Bailiffs for non payment of council rates and that the bailiff would be taking quote- our working computers, telephone system and tables - unquote.
However, there has been no requests, letters or visits by the bailiff. So I have now been waiting for almost 3 months to resolve this. How much longer can I reasonable be expected to wait. If it is true that the bailiff has been called in who do the abandoned items now belong to ?. My apologies that I omitted to give you this information earlier. I'm starting to feel like a candidate for confused.com.
In accordance with your advice on March 1st 2014 Vastmerge sent an email letter to the former tenant giving 21 days to make arrangements to remove the property. The tenant replied the same day saying the Bailiffs sent in by West Berkshire had listed everything for resale and he would contact West Berks council. Nothing further received so on March 21st contacted West Berks council by phone and email letter asking for confirmation that the bailiff sent by the council had levied the goods.
On April 8th 2014 West Berks council replied that they had advised Mr Browne that anything levied by the bailiffs was the bailiffs property and suggested we contact the bailiff company. Wrote to the bailiff company on April 10th requesting a date within 7 days from 12th April when they would be collecting the goods. We received a letter dated April 17th from Bristow and Sutor (bailiffs) saying " We will not be pursuing the goods at the property".
Would you agree that in view of all of the actions now taken by Vastmerge we have (in law) sufficient evidence to show abandonment and can legally dispose of the goods.