Anita Philips@KL: I recently had an unpleasant experience where my tenant was two months behind his rent and subsequently bolted, leaving his belongings and furniture behind. Please advise if I can sell off his stuff to get back my rental; or if not, what can I do with them?
RED: If the tenant fails to pay his rental for two months or more, you can appoint a lawyer to apply to the court for distress proceedings. The court will issue a court order to seal the premises and thereafter to fix a date to auction the ex-tenant’s belongings. The proceeds recovered will be used to pay the rent in arrears. Contrary to the general perception, Malaysian law does not recognise the landlord’s ‘self help’ measures such as disposing off the ex-tenant’s belongings without getting a court order. By Tee Lian Eng, legal adviser
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