Tenant did a runner and left all his possessions.

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  1. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @neK - it's not the Gummint's junk, you agreed to lease the property to the tenant, the govt isn't a party to the agreement. Not their problem.
     
  2. neK

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    Then why impose a rule where I need to keep their junk for them?
     
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    I make my own rules. Try to act fairly but I wont be burdened with some nonsense law about keeping property for 6 months. I would move the car onto the verge somewhere up the street and sell the rest on gumtree or in the bin. Obviously it is important to make checks to ensure they are not returning or in a coma (contact with family should enable this)
     
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    He was not deported and can turn up anytime to claim his property?
     
  5. Marg4000

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    Within a leglislated time frame - yes.
    After that you can dispose of it.
    Not sure about the car though. You can’t sell it as you don’t own it.
    Marg
     
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    I have been through this several times ..First cab off the rank would be the Police ,then your landlord insurance as they can advise what steps that have to be taken from the bond onwards ,and also ask if the property is covered while vacant..If you have a property manager what steps have they taken..
    Plus be very careful with the way you store this person gear ,the car will be the big problem,but if you have insurance ,just let them take care of the problem ,if no insurance or property management you will be in for a good learning experience...
     
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    Has it been confirmed that they have stopped paying rent? If rent is still being paid but he has left the country then the answer is do nothing until rent is no longer forthcoming.

    As others have said, your parents need to follow the letter on the law on this. If they are self managing then they can ring the equivalent of Fair Trading/Consumer Affairs in their state and get advice.
     
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    Is the car on the street. Did he leave keys so a relative can collect it?

    If it is on the street, report it to the council and police. We had this issue a few years ago, but the vehicle was unregistered (from memory). BCC put a notice on it, followed by a few weeks of waiting, then I think a final notice, before towing it.

    As others have said, you have to follow the law for your state. In the case we had, we didn't need to store items below a certain value, certainly not some things that were clearly rubbish (broken chair etc). But I photographed everything, and we boxed her things up and did store them for a few months. In our case it was a couple boxes so not a big problem to store them.

    Follow the law and you will never have to answer any awkward questions. Photograph and document everything.
     
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    lol...

    One day you will come unstuck, for instance, here, no one even knows why he has left.

    I am no nonsense too, but I would not advocate stupid or reckless steps.
     
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    So people do not do things unfairly, seems many here would throw out someones stuff in no time flat without knowing what is going on.
     
  11. dabbler

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    Or worse, selling it off as if it is their own, or as a compensation, or a bit of a win...
     
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    Get your agent kick in the contract breach, tell solicitor to contact them then hire a storage, get a bill and sue them
     
  13. datto

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    When this happened to me I found a note on the fridge saying I can take all the furniture and do as I like with it.
     
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    Hmmm. I wonder how that would stand up in court , if worst comes to worse
     
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    everyone knows, especially the decision makers, that @datto s word has zero doubt.
     
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    Yep...in Vic you need to do it by the book...unfortunately have this exactly this situation....VCAT order now in place to dispose......;)
     
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    I don't think the tenant would want to front court or a tribunal and demand compensation for the loss of his possessions which included a hydro set up lol.
     
  18. Ted Varrick

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    The tenant left his hydro setup?

    He must have had some hits on his Sugar Baby account, and so a change in priorities. .
     
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    Don't know what happened to him. I decided to rent the place fully furnished for the next lot of tenants. They couldn't wait to move in.
     
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    I do not understand, what “items”? Surely he gave you vacant possession.
     
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