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I moved in with my partner and all my belongings came with

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I moved in with my partner and all my belongings came with me. It didnt work out and he asked me to move out which i did. Some of my belongings where returned, however some of my belongings are still at his house. I've asked if i could have them back, but i'm now being told No as he needs them.

Do i have any rights on getting the remainder of my belongings back.

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Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 6 years ago.
Hi,

Thanks for your question.

If the assets were solely owned by you and he did not pay jointly for them and you didn’t agree that he could have an interest in them then they remain yours.

You should write a formal letter to him entitling it “Letter Before Legal Proceedings” outlining the situation and stating that you require the return of the property as the items are still yours. Give full details of the items and the background of your occupation (don’t go in to emotions – be factual). State that if he does not contact you to return the items within 14 days then you will issue a claim against him for a money judgement to the value of replacements.

If he does not comply then you can sue him yourself via www.moneyclaim.gov.uk, it’s cheap, very easy to use for lay persons and is designed for people who wish to claim for items that are not of considerable monetary value but of value nonetheless. Your claim will be issued in country court and you can proceed from their.

Prior to writing the above letter you may consider getting some tacit acknowledgment from him, perhaps by way of an informal email, stating that you owned the items when you first started living with him. You could use this as evidence in your claim.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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