Thursday 26 April 2018

Chequebooks, cars and ferrets among items left behind by tenants

Pets including ferrets have been left behind in properties by tenants after they have left, a study has shown
Pets including ferrets have been left behind in properties by tenants after they have left, a study has shown

Clothes, toys, personal documents and even animals are among the items left behind when a tenant moves house, a new study has shown.

The Royal Mail and the National Landlords Association (NLA) urged people to update their address details or take out a redirection service when they move to help guard against financial fraud.

A survey of 1,300 landlords found that one in 12 had found bank statements, chequebooks and even passports when a renter had moved out.

Other items left behind included cars, TVs and exercise equipment, while one in 10 said they had to deal with animals tenants had not taken with them, including ferrets and snakes.

Richard Lambert, chief executive of the NLA, said: "With a quarter of tenants moving on from a property after just a year, it is no surprise that many forget to inform their bank or building society of their new address.

"Recent ONS figures show that application fraud cases - when fraudsters open an account using fake or stolen documents in someone else's name - rose by 14% last year.

"This means that renters who don't update their address details, or take out a redirection service to their new home, are putting themselves at risk of identity theft leading to financial fraud."

Press Association

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