Here is a question to the blog clinic from Sata (not her real name) who is a tenant.
I am a previous tenant who was evicted. I was given a 24 hour notice to vacate the premises.
I have a moving truck and storage unit to put my possessions in but now my property manager and landlord are refusing to let me retrieve my belongings since I wasn’t able to procure both before the 24 hours limit was up.
I notified the property manager that I had procured the truck and would be willing and able to remove my possessions to save them any costs of doing it themselves since I still have the keys to the property and they have not changed the locks that I know of. What should I do?
Go round, use your keys and retrieve your possessions. Take someone tough with you.
It sounds to me like an illegal eviction anyway. Tenants can only be legally evicted through the courts and you get considerably more than 24 hours notice. It generally takes between three to six months.
You may, therefore, have a claim for compensation from your landlord. Including (if you are unable to recover them) your possessions as your landlord is supposed to look after them and is not entitled to dispose of them without your consent.
I would suggest that you get some legal advice urgently.
Your Local Authority should have some sort of tenancy relations officer who can advise and help you. However, they are often very short-staffed and unable to give the help that they should – so see if you can also get advice from somewhere like Shelter, a Law Centre or your local CAB office.
You may also find a firm of solicitors who would be prepared to act on a no win no fee basis to claim compensation.
You will find a list of organisations that may be able to help you (including links to those mentioned above) here.