Right to enter a property after the lease has ended
Can you collect your property after the lease has ended?
Many leases say that the property the tenant brings into the premises remains the tenant’s property after the lease has ended.
The landlord has to give the tenant reasonable opportunity to remove their goods, whether the lease has expired or it has ended early because of a breach of the lease terms.
Property the tenant has left behind is not automatically considered to be abandoned, nor does the landlord automatically become the owner of any goods left behind.
Contact the landlord and arrange a suitable time to collect your goods. Make sure you get this agreement in writing.
The landlord does not have the right to sell or dispose of your goods unless the goods are perishable and you have been given a chance to collect them.
Alternatively, the landlord may feel they have a right to rent for the time your goods occupied the shop. It’s always best to think of every problem from all perspectives.
If the landlord decides to store your goods off the premises, they can charge you storage costs. If you don’t collect your property, the landlord can deal with them according to the Uncollected Goods Act 1995.
Right to enter property
Once the lease has ended and the tenant has moved out, the tenant has lost the right to enter the premises. The tenant must have the landlord’s permission to enter the premises or they will be trespassing.
If the goods left behind belong to someone else, such as a supplier, the person who wants to recover the goods must satisfy the landlord that they are the owner or have a right to the goods.
Check your lease to understand what your responsibilities were at the end of your lease. You and the landlord may have negotiated what you had to change or remove to 'make good' the premises.