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Can you serve a notice under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 on a vehicle parked on private property? What is the procedure for removal?

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Produced in partnership with Georgia Whiting of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 29/03/2019

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  • Can you serve a notice under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 on a vehicle parked on private property? What is the procedure for removal?

Can you serve a notice under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 on a vehicle parked on private property? What is the procedure for removal?

Pursuant to section 12 of the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 (T(IG)A 1977), involuntary bailees of goods are afforded the ability to sell abandoned possessions where adequate notice has been given, and the procedure pursuant to T(IG)A 1977 followed.

Reasonable steps must be taken to provide the owner with notice in accordance with T(IG)A 1977, Sch 1, Pt I, which reads as follows:

  1. ‘(1) For the purposes of section 12(1) a bailee may, in the circumstances specified in this Part of this Schedule, by notice given to the bailor impose on him an obligation to take delivery of the goods.

  2. (2) The notice shall be in writing, and may be given either—

    1. a) by delivering it to the bailor, or

    2. b) by leaving it at his proper address, or

    3. c) by post.

  3. (3) The notice shall—

    1. a) specify the name and address of the bailee, and give sufficient particulars of the goods and the

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