Moving house is stressful, expensive and can take months to sort – but one woman was left fuming after the previous owners refused to leave after the sale was completed
It’s been reported that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do.
Whether you are renting or buying and selling, the process is expensive, arduous and the odds are never in your favour.
But it can feel like it was worth it when you arrive at your new home and can finally make it your own.
The process isn’t necessarily fun, but it can feel amazing to unwrap your belongings and turn the new house into a home.
So one mum was left fuming after arriving at her new home – only for the old owners to still be there.
Even worse, they weren’t in a rush to leave, despite having no legal claim to the property anymore.
She wrote about the incident on Mumsnet – where others were left shocked by the old owner’s attitude.
“Completed at 2pm. No keys. Agents frantically calling vendors. They are still packing the van,” the mum wrote, as she described the scene.
“Agent and solicitor tell them in no uncertain terms that they do not own the property anymore and are now breaking the law. An hour and a half passes and they drop the keys off with the agent.
“Phew, we think, they are all gone. So we pick up the keys and drive to the property – they are still there and the house is still full. I mean full – could still see paintings on the wall in the lounge, hallway and kitchen filled with boxes, appliances.
“Get a sob story of how they have been at work all day (completion date hardly comes as a f surprise, maybe take the day off as we did?)
“I tell them that they no longer own the property, me and my husband do, and that actually, we could legally walk in and lock the doors, “you couldn’t” came the reply – I don’t know what planet some people live on.
“Called the agent who was like ‘What?!’ Solicitor aghast too. Our solicitor has contacted [them] saying that ‘yep, we’ll just lock them out’ if we chose to and charge them to remove their property.
“I didn’t go in and lock the doors, I’m not that much of a p**** even though it’s now my property and they are trespassing. My 15-month-old was knackered in the back of the car.
“Back at home now, thankfully only 5 mins down the road and thank god in a rented house so no massive deal tonight although removals booked for 9am.
“I’m so p* off. We’ve had a really awful few months, I’ve got a close relative in hospital, I’ve been fighting for a diagnosis for them, I’ve been ill myself.”
People were left aghast, with many advising the mum to ensure they charged the family for not leaving promptly.
One person commented: “OK, that is taking the p*** – even if they were at work all day and for some reason couldn’t get out of it (and it is a problem for some people), they’ve had the weekend just gone and other evenings when they could have packed everything except the essentials.
“Every time I’ve moved packing starts at least a week in advance.”
Another wrote: “This happened to a friend of mine. The vendors took days to leave and when they did they left all sorts and a garage full of stuff.
“Your solicitor needs to charge them. It is outrageous. Some people have no class.”
But others were divided, with one commenter adding: “Maybe extend a little patience. They’re obviously very behind.
“As you’re in rented accommodation right now you can surely stay another 24 hours there to give them time to pack up?
“Personally seeing as I’d booked a day off work anyway, I’d have helped them pack up if it was going to facilitate my moving in quicker. It’s the nice thing to do.”
“I would assume something had gone very wrong from them today. Go stay in a hotel for the night & tell them you’ll be back at 10am,” commented another.