We were upset to find today that goods that we had stored neatly in our parking space had been removed to the the recycling area for disposal.
Under the Torts (Interference with goods) Act 1977 you would be liable for damages up to full replacement cost for goods which you have damaged, disposed of or destroyed if you do not have effective legal title to these goods. Under section 12 you could remove these goods from your property if you have made reasonable efforts to trace and communicate with the owners of those goods.
We only became aware of the notice on the Rainbow Quays discussion forum and the bulletin board at the entrance to our building today when we found our goods had been removed. Moreover these notices do not constitute reasonable effort to communicate with the owners. Since you knew the parking spaces of all the individuals with items stored in the garage, a reasonable effort to trace and communicate with the owners of these goods would have included contacting the residents licensed to use those parking spaces individually. This could have been done easliy by printing the same notice and placing it in mailboxes.
We have returned our goods to our parking space. They will remain there until 3 August 2009 when we will terminate our residence and vacate our flat. This is a reasonable amount of time to remove the items after the constructive notice that we received today.