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    Has anyone been let down at the last minute by a removals firm?

    My in-laws are due to move house on Saturday. He's got cancer and heart failure and she's also got a heart condition, plus they're over 70.

    It's already been stressful enough with them moving at this time, but now their removal company have said that they're complying with the lockdown so won't be moving their belongings.

    The folk moving in, and the folk next in the chain are adamant that they're going to move and legal action has been mentioned.

    I've been worried enough about C 19, but this is literally making me sick so god knows how my wife and they are feeling.

    They're speaking to their lawyer again later, but I wondered if anyone has had a similar last minute let down experience, although obviously not with the virus in the background.

    Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.
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    My in-laws are due to move house on Saturday. He's got cancer and heart failure and she's also got a heart condition, plus they're over 70.

    It's already been stressful enough with them moving at this time, but now their removal company have said that they're complying with the lockdown so won't be moving their belongings.

    The folk moving in, and the folk next in the chain are adamant that they're going to move and legal action has been mentioned.

    I've been worried enough about C 19, but this is literally making me sick so god knows how my wife and they are feeling.

    They're speaking to their lawyer again later, but I wondered if anyone has had a similar last minute let down experience, although obviously not with the virus in the background.

    Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.
    How are the next folk in the chain going to get round lockdown? Worth asking the police? They might warn them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    How are the next folk in the chain going to get round lockdown? Worth asking the police? They might warn them off.
    Removal firms aren't cheap. A lot of people hire a van and move themselves.

    Could it be that, given that the problem is a direct result of a government directive (law?), any legal action will fail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    How are the next folk in the chain going to get round lockdown? Worth asking the police? They might warn them off.
    The problem is that the advice from Boris is ambiguous to say the least.

    The British Association of Removers have told their members not to work, but not all companies are members.

    Tonight's briefing did nothing to clarify the position. If you can't work from home, then go to work, but stay 2 metres apart or some similar bollocks.

    That's not a lockdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peevemor View Post
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    Removal firms aren't cheap. A lot of people hire a van and move themselves.

    Could it be that, given that the problem is a direct result of a government directive (law?), any legal action will fail?
    I think the people moving in are in their 60s so it's unlikely that they'll be moving themselves.

    I get what you're saying, legal action might well fail, but the stress of this is crippling for me, never mind my "high risk" in-laws!

    More phone calls tomorrow ...
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    Perhaps they could ask the firm who's moving the new folks in if they could also move them out?

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    If you can hire a van, are local to me and can do it after 1pm I would offer to help you out. Iíll scarf up and wear gloves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
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    Perhaps they could ask the firm who's moving the new folks in if they could also move them out?
    Thatís a good idea


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    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
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    Thanks.
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    Both of them received their government letters telling them to stay at home because they're so high risk.

    It's an unbelievable and extremely stressful situation.
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    Incredibly, their estate agents have found a company who can move them and they've already been out to have a look at the job and give them a quote!

    They're going to do the packing on Friday and move them on Saturday.

    What a relief!
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    Phew. Hope it goes well. No need for that sort of stress right now.

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    Incredibly, their estate agents have found a company who can move them and they've already been out to have a look at the job and give them a quote!

    They're going to do the packing on Friday and move them on Saturday.

    What a relief!
    Friend of a friend was in a similar position and offered to pay the removers in cash, which miraculously seemed to make them immune and they did the job after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapsedhibee View Post
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    Friend of a friend was in a similar position and offered to pay the removers in cash, which miraculously seemed to make them immune and they did the job after all.
    #cash cash cash can do anything well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    Incredibly, their estate agents have found a company who can move them and they've already been out to have a look at the job and give them a quote!

    They're going to do the packing on Friday and move them on Saturday.

    What a relief!

    thatís terrific, and a big load of all your minds

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    Don't want to throw a spanner in the works, but has the issue with ROS being closed and settlement being unable to take place been resolved?

    I've heard of somebody looking to sell and move on Friday who no longer can due to this. As the application record has been suspended, solicitors are unable to settle.

    Update: https://www.ros.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/updates/housing-transactions-completing-this-week
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlesgaeHibby View Post
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    Don't want to throw a spanner in the works, but has the issue with ROS being closed and settlement being unable to take place been resolved?

    I've heard of somebody looking to sell and move on Friday who no longer can due to this. As the application record has been suspended, solicitors are unable to settle.

    Update: https://www.ros.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/updates/housing-transactions-completing-this-week
    My in-laws are in York. I'll read your article though.
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    I moved last Friday, right before lockdown - although social distancing was currently in-play.

    I don't have any advice as to the removals company following government advice, however what I would say is be prepared for any applicances and broadband to also not be installed during lockdown and try to plan for alternative means of using these facilities. This might mean an increased mobile data plan coupled with tethering in order to provide access to the internet for computers / laptops / other devices, using smaller companies / self employed tradesmen for applicance installation - or learning to doing it yourself, if you can.

    For me this has been an incredibly stressful time which has been met with a lot of stigma for myself not strictly following the government lockdown, I'd be happy to try to assist if you have any specific questions or concerns. Our circumstances are exceptional, we need to do what we can and having to live within four walls, in an empty house, disconnected from the world and alone isn't really a humane option.

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    Don't want to throw a spanner in the works, but has the issue with ROS being closed and settlement being unable to take place been resolved?

    I've heard of somebody looking to sell and move on Friday who no longer can due to this. As the application record has been suspended, solicitors are unable to settle.

    Update: https://www.ros.gov.uk/coronavirus-c...ting-this-week
    I am in the same boat, I was due to get my keys on Friday however the solicitor phoned on Tuesday to say he was now unable to complete the final paper work.
    i also had 2 removal companies lined up, one to move me from my current place and the other has had some of my stuff in storage for months, both have now said they will not be able to move me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinkydoo View Post
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    I moved last Friday, right before lockdown - although social distancing was currently in-play.

    I don't have any advice as to the removals company following government advice, however what I would say is be prepared for any applicances and broadband to also not be installed during lockdown and try to plan for alternative means of using these facilities. This might mean an increased mobile data plan coupled with tethering in order to provide access to the internet for computers / laptops / other devices, using smaller companies / self employed tradesmen for applicance installation - or learning to doing it yourself, if you can.

    For me this has been an incredibly stressful time which has been met with a lot of stigma for myself not strictly following the government lockdown, I'd be happy to try to assist if you have any specific questions or concerns. Our circumstances are exceptional, we need to do what we can and having to live within four walls, in an empty house, disconnected from the world and alone isn't really a humane option.

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    You sound down, buddy. I guess we all are.

    Can you get unlimited data for a month or so? If you can, you could get an IPTV service short term which will give you all the TV, movies, box sets etc.

    You'd have to watch on your tablet or phone, but the one I use is android only.

    If it's of interest, PM me and I'll give you the details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    My in-laws are in York. I'll read your article though.
    Ah, no idea what the situation in England is. Hoping it all works out for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    You sound down, buddy. I guess we all are.

    Can you get unlimited data for a month or so? If you can, you could get an IPTV service short term which will give you all the TV, movies, box sets etc.

    You'd have to watch on your tablet or phone, but the one I use is android only.

    If it's of interest, PM me and I'll give you the details.
    Didn't mean to sound particularly down, maybe projecting a little whilst offering the justification for multiple trips outside and whatnot.

    I'm good, getting there!

    I've arranged broadband with a supplier that means I can hopefully just install it myself and I've cancelled the one that came with additional hassle.

    Also now, I'm not scared to just DIY myself out of situations if I can, so there have been positivies! :

    I may need to continue to work from friends houses and make more trips to the shops than I'd like to, but it shouldn't be for much longer.

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    Also apologies, I skimmed the original post and didn't realise it was around the legalities of property chains.

    Still, if there's anything I can use my own experience to help with then feel free to send me a message :)

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    UK government urges homebuyers to avoid moving

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlesgaeHibby View Post
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    Don't want to throw a spanner in the works, but has the issue with ROS being closed and settlement being unable to take place been resolved?

    I've heard of somebody looking to sell and move on Friday who no longer can due to this. As the application record has been suspended, solicitors are unable to settle.

    Update: https://www.ros.gov.uk/coronavirus-c...ting-this-week
    There are interim measures in place as of yesterday so, as I understand it, the majority of imminent transactions should be able to settle. The Law Society of Scotland guidance indicates Registers of Scotland has discretion.

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