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3. Does the landlord have the right to dispose of the belongings left by the tenant after the handover?

Generally the landlord has no right to dispose of the former tenant’s personal belongings.  The belongings are still owned by the former tenant.

 

The landlord is advised to give reasonable notice in writing to the former tenant, requesting him to collect the belongings left behind on or before a specified time.

 

If necessary, the landlord should institute court proceedings to regain possession of the property by proper means with the assistance of the Bailiff.

 

A more ideal tenancy agreement would have made provision that the tenant shall remove all its belongings from the suit premises within a certain number of days upon the termination of the tenancy; failing which the tenant shall be deemed to have abandoned its ownership of all the items left behind and the landlord shall have the absolute right to dispose of the items without further notice.

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