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Even if you owe rent and it’s accepted that you owe rent he cannot simply sell goods that you have left behind without following a statutory process.
There is legislation which governs this, the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977.
He has descended notice to you as the owner of the goods telling you that unless you collect them by a certain date (it must be a reasonable period of time depending on the nature of the goods) he will sell them.
The notice has to be in writing, it’s got to be left at your proper address or sent by post by either registered or recorded delivery. It must specify his name and address and where the goods are and tell you that they’re ready for collection. If you are money in respect of the goods, or rent, it must say how much that amount is. He didn’t comply with any of that and hence, he did not have the right to sell the goods. The goods still belong to you.
You know who has them and hence, you should write to that person telling them that unless they let you have the goods back within the next 10 days that you will make an application to court for what is known as “Delivery Up”, a court order for them to let you have the goods back. If you use a solicitor to write the letter it will carry more weight. The threat of an application to court should also include a threat to apply for substantial costs against whoever has them the present.
The fact that they may have been paid for is immaterial as the seller has sold something which he was not entitled to. It would be for the buyer to take issue with the seller over that to recover any money which the buyer paid.
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