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Do you know for sure the property has been abandoned - ie have they keys been returned please?
no to both. flat in london i'm in somerset agent acting as liason but has had no recent communication neighbours have confirmed he hasn't been at the property for several days my concern is break in , vandalism, or that he has passed keys on to another party how long do i have to wait to secure my property i feel this is urgent for security reasons
The problem you have is this. If you can not be sure they have moved out then if you re-enter the property then you can be subject to prosecution for an unlawful eviction.
What I would do is that to be sure you can issue proceedings using https://www.possessionclaim.gov.uk/pcol/
If you issue proceedings you may be able to use the accelerated procedure which means a Judge grants an order for possession on the papers.
Once you have the order for possession, at the end of this you can indeed change the locks.
But I would always get an order for possession before entering the property.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?