We are landlords and have served notice on a property. Before starting court proceedings we agreed (via a Homeless Officer) to a 2 week extension to the notice in order for the Council to find alternative premises for the tenant - this expired Monday 10th Feb. A new property was found. Tenant asked if she could keep the keys until Thursday 13th in order to 'get everything sorted' and a time was agreed on to collect the keys/do final property inspection.
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: When we arrived, the house was in complete disarray and the laminate flooring had been lifted and was in a car belonging to tenant's friend. We asked that the flooring was put back into the house and informed them that they were stealing
. They drove away. Police informed. Police Officer advised us to empty the contents of the house to the outside of the property and change the locks. This seems rather unethical? Are we within our rights to store the tenant's possessions safely and securely and change the locks? We are concerned that the longer the tenant has access to the property further damage and/or theft could occur.
JA: Where is the house located?
Customer: Blyth, Northumberland
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, I think that summarises our plight