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If you are satisfied that the tenant has abandoned the property then you can change the locks, but clearly there is always a risk as you say the tenant will say he had not moved out.
The safest way, albeit longer is to seek a Court order for possession.
You need to serve a notice to quit on the property, even if the tenant is not there.
Once that has expired then you can seek an order for possession.
If its for rent arrears you can do it online at: whttps://www.possessionclaim.gov.uk/pcol/
Once the Court gives an Order for possession bailiffs can change the locks
Then you know this is done properly and there is no comeback, even if the tenant says he hadnt actually moved out.
So possession is longer but safer.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
No, that's all thanks. You've been great help.
just a thought, if he removes all his personal possessions, leaves just the furniture which was there before he moved in and belongs to me, his argument that he has not moved out would not really go far if he has no personal possessions there and even has a registered address elsewhere?
the problem is it takes too long, courts are overloaded
can we get one of these companies that "guarantee removal" within 2 weeks etc?