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Harris, Law Specialist
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Experience:  Family Law - Specialist in Divorce, Financial Relief and Children Matters
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Iam a landlord who has a tenant that has been given notice

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Hi Iam a landlord who has a tenant that has been given notice of eviction and the tenant remains in the property ,bailiffs where arranged to come to the property today 7th November 2016 at 9:20 am to evict the tenant.
They did not turn up as they said when I phoned them that they needed a risk assessment for the property/tenant which we new nothing about so did not send it but they were paid and the time and date was arranged.
The Tenant has moved all of their items from property apart from a kettle some plates and several bags.
The tenant still has a set of keys so has still got access to the property and says that she needs the notice letter from bailiffs before handing keys back.
Just want to know if it is legal to change the locks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for your question. If a Notice of Eviction has already been issued you can provide this to the tenant which they can take to the council to seek accommodation. They do not need to wait until the actual date and can rely on the notice already made by the court. As the tenant appears to have already moved out and you have received a notice of eviction you would be entitled to change the locks but you should keep the belongings so that the tenant can collect them as you have a duty to care for the belongings for a reasonable time and inform the tenant to be able to collect.

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Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.

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