Dealing with goods left behind at lease end or following sale of property
Dealing with goods left behind at lease end or following sale of property

The following Property Disputes practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with goods left behind at lease end or following sale of property
  • Ownership of goods and tenant fixtures
  • Notice procedure—Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977
  • Serving notice
  • Selling the goods
  • Practical points
  • Seeking a court order
  • Drafting advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings for possession

  2. forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent

  3. a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods

  4. service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties

  5. practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  6. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature

For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property.

Goods are often left behind when a lease ends or a property is sold, especially following forfeiture by re-entry when there may have been no notice. The lease may deal with disposal of items but often there is often no specific provision that a landlord can rely on. This Practice Note describes when and how a landlord can dispose of goods left at the premises after a lease has ended, or after a property has been sold. It sets out the procedure under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 (T(IG)A 1977) for giving the tenant notice to collect the goods, failing which the landlord will be entitled to sell them.

Ownership of goods and tenant fixtures

Subject to the terms of the lease, after the end of

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