Section 218 – Preservation of property left in premises
827.Section 218 gives the court a discretionary power, when granting decree for removing, to order the pursuer to preserve the effects (furniture and so on) of the defender or of any other person being removed.
828.This power in subsection (1) does not affect the right of the person carrying out the removing to clear the land and premises of any effects. This is sometimes called leaving the premises “void and redd”.
829.The court is being given power to make an order for preservation where it is persuaded that this is appropriate, which may, for example, be the case when such an order will reduce the risk of damage to the occupier’s goods.
830.Subsection (2) gives the court power to hold the defender liable for any costs (for example, storage costs) incurred by the person in whose favour the decree for removing is granted.