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Most landlords experience goods belonging to the tenants left behind in the property when the tenancy ends and they vacate the property. The landlords can use a Torts notice to bail them out of this situation and get rid of the goods. The law governing this situation is the Torts Interference with Goods Act 1977 Chapter 32 [known as TIGA 1977] Section 12. ‘Bailee’s power of sale’ is relevant to landlords.

What does Torts Notice mean?

A torts notice is a legal document that notifies the owner of objects abandoned on private land or property. It is issued under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act of 1977. You are an involuntary bailee because objects or property have been left on your property or land. This includes vehicles, furniture, and personal things. Even if the products look to be trash in your perspective, you should.

If this applies to you, you’ll require a torts notice; this is also true if you’ve had stuff left behind by ‘persons unknown,’ which includes squatters and travellers. You must care for the objects left behind as an involuntary bailee of the abandoned goods.

As a landlord, you must write a tort notice and send it to the individual if their address is known. If their location is unknown, you must take reasonable steps to locate them.

You should also attach the tort notice on the goods so that it is visible.

What the tort notice should include?

You must include the following details in the tort notice |

  • An itemized list of the goods
  • Where the goods are being kept
  • Information about how long you will keep the goods before you sell or dispose of them, it is recommended that you give at least 14 days
  • If you intend to sell the items, where the sale will take place
  • If the items are to be sold, the storage and selling fees will be deducted from the proceeds of the sale

We strongly advise you to photograph the tort notification you have attached as evidence in case there are any complications.

As a landlord, it is critical that you take certain precautions to protect yourself from legal action. If we are evicting on your behalf, we will attach proper tort notices and ensure that this complies with all current legislation.


Contact Shergroup now if you need help removing squatters from your property in the UK. We have built a reputation as one of the most ethical and successful enforcement solutions providers with a speciality in property eviction and trespasser removal in the UK. We can analyse and securely remove unauthorised trespassers from your land or property in as little as 24 hours thanks to our enforcement agents and strong legal knowledge. We offer a complete end to end service to issue a Claim for Possession, obtain an Order, and enforce the same, including serving of Notices for a fixed fee. To save you the hassle in the future, we can offer you our tenant screening solution to check all the necessary details regarding your potential tenant and make an informed decision.

Contact our friendly business solutions advisors for more information.

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