Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – answers this interesting query.
I am the freehold
owner of a building that is used as a workshop. Until recently, the building was occupied by an individual under a tenancy
at will. Suddenly, and without warning, the tenant
vacated the building but left behind various tools. He did not give any notice to me and has not left any forwarding address.
was paid in cash and I have no official record or other means to trace the tenant. I would like to try and recover the small amount of rent due and I want to get on with reletting the building. What should I do about the tools? They are bulky and I do not want the cost or responsibility of storing them. I would prefer to sell them and keep the money as compensation for the...