Can a landlord move your personal belongings without permission

Can a landlord move your personal belongings without permission

Not while you are living there and paying rent, but if you are not paying rent and are in default, then as per your lease or laws and ways or your local jurisdiction, at some point the place is back in the Landlord’s possession. If your stuff is still there it will either be moved and stored for a while, thrown out, or become the Landlord’s property.

If you are a tenant in good standing (i.e., paying your rent on time and not doing anything to void your lease) then the landlord cannot enter your home and move your furniture without an extremely good reason (blocking access to fire escape for example).

However if you are in default and your lease has been broken, the laws of your jurisdiction will control what the landlord can or cannot do. If you vacate the premises without notifying the landlord of your intention to quit or that you will return for furniture and/or personal items, then again yes the landlord can move your belongings.

It lot depends on your circumstances and unfortunately you did not give us any back story to understand the situation.

You might not be actively consenting to this at the time, but in fact you did consent to this when you signed the lease in this town and then chose not to pay rent or remove your belongings.

(And if the first part of the first sentence above applies to you then the rest of this is not actually for you, just for tenants in general.)

When a tenant is evicted they have no right to leave their property in your house. But it is still their property.

We were required to move it into storage to clear the house. The items had to be kept for quite a long time.

As the tenant didn’t ever claim them we were left with the bill for the storage, as well as the five months rent the tenants failed to pay. And the legal bill for getting them evicted too.

One of the joys of being an honest landlord.

At least I didn’t have to pay for the electricity or water that they failed to pay also. And the stolen cars were taken by the police.

Suppose you are renting an apartment from a landlord that owns the whole block.

As long as you’re still in contract, and paying your rent, the landlord can’t just move your things because they feel like it.

BUT , If your property includes a gas oven, then the landlord is required by law to have someone qualified carry out an annual inspection. ( They have to give you 24 hours notice of when this is going to be).

If your things are in front of oven, or in the cupboard that contains the gas connection, then they are allowed to move them out of the way to get to the bits they need to inspect.

Or, if you leave your bike in the shared areas of the property, They have no obligation to leave it lying on the door mat creating a slip hazard for renters of Starke are living there and paying rent, but if you are not paying rent and are in default, then per your lease or laws and ways or your local jurisdiction, at some point the place is back in the Landlord’s possession. If your stuff is still there it will either be moved and stored for a while, thrown out, or become the Landlord’s property.

You might not be actively consenting to this at the time, but in fact you did consent to this when you signed the lease in this town and then chose not to pay rent or remove your belongings.

(And if the first part of the first sentence above applies to you then the rest of this is not actually for you, just for tenants in general.)

If your things are in front of oven, or in the cupboard that contains the gas connection, then they are allowed to move them out of the way to get to the bits they need to inspect.

Or, if you leave your bike in the shared areas of the property, then they can move it… ditto your post. They have no obligation to leave it lying on the door mat creating a slip hazard for renters of other units.

What can I do here? My landlord came into my apartment without my permission, while I was sleeping, with no prior notice, and took pictures, to prove to the court that I wasn’t keeping the place clean (which I have been). Is this illegal?

If the landlord moved your things in order to complete a repair, yes. If you are being evicted, yes, if permitted by law where you live.

If you have belongings outside your apartment, landlord can move them. He will probably leave a note saying that stuff was moved to your storage area, or stuff can’t be stored blocking a door or stairs. The next note might say that your things will be disposed of if not moved in a few days. If landlord finds your things blocking access inside the apartment, he should not move it, but should tell you to move it. If you don’t, you might be breaking a lease term, and will be told to move.

My answer is going to be similar to what other people have written. If you are a tenant in good standing (i.e., paying your rent on time and not doing anything to void your lease) then the landlord cannot enter your home and move your furniture without an extremely good reason (blocking access to fire escape for example).

However if you are in default and your lease has been broken, the laws of your jurisdiction will control what the landlord can or cannot do. If you vacate the premises without notifying the landlord of your intention to quit or that you will return for furniture and/or personal items, then again yes the landlord can move your belongings.

A lot depends on your circumstances and unfortunately you did not give us any back story to understand the situation.

If your stuff is abandoned or you have stayed past your eviction date, there are processes they could follow to have your things removed.

there might be a clause where if you have stopped paying and have left the premises thus you have abandoned your property for a certain amount of time even if its not in your lease the landlord tenant laws of your state/county may kick in thus covering your landlord. Or if you have abandoned the property at that the end of your lease term then the above kicks in also, please consult an attorney or review the landlord tenant laws of your state/county, which you could probably google. Sometimes the tenants believe wrongly that the landlord after the rental term and without compensation that the landlord should store their (the tenants) belongings.

No a landlord cannot move your personal possessions unless work is being done on the property. A landlord cannot remove your personal property from the flat/house unless you leave then they have to keep it I think for 30 days.

But you do get some that will remove it to evict you and that then is a criminal offence under the protection of eviction act 1977 which is what were tsking the landlord in the YouTube video to court for aswell as suing him in small claims court.

However, rent laws ussually vary from state to state so you better consult local lawyer before finalising anything.

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