Completed on my very first house today and the vendor has taken everything that was supposed to be staying!!

(73 Posts)
FilmaWlintstone Fri 26-Aug-16 14:56:32

Hi everyone - I'm a bit flummoxed so thought I would share whilst I wait for an answer...

I'm a FTB, completed today, arrive at my new shiny house I now own (well old and dirty but still my little achievement) and the vendor- despite agreeing on the fixtures and fittings form to leave loads of furniture (sofa, beds(!) various chests/wardrobes, dining table(!) - has taken it all (he was moving in with a partner so didn't need it)

I've obviously called the solicitor and he's looking into it... I'm moving out of a furnished place so I have nothing to sleep on and not a lot of cash!!

AIBU in being fairly miffed??

SouthWindsWesterly Fri 26-Aug-16 15:03:12

Do you have it in writing somewhere or did you pay extra for it?

PitchFork Fri 26-Aug-16 15:07:15

yanbu at all
argos for airbed for tonight?
and yes to brininging it up with the solicitor.
use the weekend to trawl the internet to calculate how much it would cost you to buy replacements ('reasonable' high street shops) and present to solicitor on tuesday (unless stuff magically reappears)

HawthornLantern Fri 26-Aug-16 15:07:43

YANBU - I hope your solicitor makes progress quickly.

Depending on whether the vendor supervised the removals then it is just possible that the removal people took everything without thinking or checking as it would be fairly normal to clear all the furniture out. But if the vendor has changed his mind, well, I'm not sure you are able to do that if you have signed the fixtures and fittings form - but your solicitor is the one to advise you there.

And congratulations on your new home flowers I hope you will be very happy there

BittyWanter Fri 26-Aug-16 15:09:36

Might be wrong but I think the seller can be charged for things taken which should have been left.

Well done buying your first home!!

Cherylene Fri 26-Aug-16 15:14:24

Ours did that. Even took the back gate.

This was before fixture and fitting forms. We listed everything that we had evidence for and took it to small claims. He admitted it, but would not pay so the only way to get the money would have been the bailiffs.

DH went to see him. He told him about all the ways he was scamming high street shops (just after the liberalisation of credit) and how he changed his car into his sister's name when the bailiffs came etc........ He gave DH some of the stuff which we sold to pay the small claims costs (which were not high).

We then gave his new address to every debtor that tried to find him grin

MrsHulk Fri 26-Aug-16 15:17:31

Legally anything shown as included on fixtures and fittings form is included in the price, and is yours.

Seller will have to compensate you for the value of the items they've taken incorrectly, or to return them.

Your solicitor should be able to sort it for you (happens more often than you'd think!) but of corse yanbu to be annoyed.

If you have any photos/detailed descriptions of the items you were expecting do make sure to keep them safe so you can prove the approx quality and size of the items.

Boogers Fri 26-Aug-16 15:18:14

What a crappy thing to happen on such a big occasion! It really is down to the solicitor and what was on the fixtures and fittings form. Did you agree those things would be included in the sale?

hellsbellsmelons Fri 26-Aug-16 15:20:38

That must be gutting.
But you have a new house all of your own so many congrats.
And I hope you have a lot of happy years there (when you get some furniture)
Freecycle and facebook local selling pages are your friends right now.
Good luck!

Cherylene Fri 26-Aug-16 15:21:06

PS - we invested in a lace curtain for the front window and camped out. It took us ages to get furniture because there was a lot of work to do (which we knew about, even though he tried to hide it from us - we reduced our offer accordingly after the surveys, which is why he ran off with the back gate etc)

The gas board gave us a discount on new gas fires because they were sorry for us - the original ones were hideous anyway. It was a perfectly nice house and all the better for not having his stuff in it anyway grin

TrinityForce Fri 26-Aug-16 15:21:57

Congratulations on your new house! flowers

What an arsehole. Have you got any family/friends that have any unwanted furniture you can borrow for a few months until it's all sorted?

cashmerecardigans Fri 26-Aug-16 15:24:24

Congratulations on your first home flowers. As others have said, if they were on the fixtures and fittings list, you will be entitled to compensation. In the meantime, do you have family/friends who could lend you an airbed or mattress for the weekend?
Make sure you find time to celebrate with some fizz though smile

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Fri 26-Aug-16 15:26:28

Whereabouts are you? I have a house to empty so lots of stuff going free.

CheckpointCharlie2 Fri 26-Aug-16 15:32:04

Love the username exit!

Yes where are you as I will have stuff you could have too?

shovetheholly Fri 26-Aug-16 15:32:51

Aaargh! What a bastard! YANBU to be miffed.

Still, you have an amazing new house! Congratulations. Don't let him and his rickety, nasty old furniture take the shine off that. Console yourself that he will have to pay you a big fat cheque or bring it all back.

I second the recommendation of an airbed for tonight (shouldn't be more than £15). It's surprising how little furniture you actually need to be basically comfortable for a short time. And at least the floors and walls will be clear for you to give it a proper clean. smile

Ikea are amazing. I furnished my first flat for a couple of hundred quid. Also, I imagine if you put your story on Freecycle, you may find people offer all sorts to get you started.

ConvincingLiar Fri 26-Aug-16 15:33:45

Wankers. Ours did that too. We complained to the EA who sorted it out.

blueskyinmarch Fri 26-Aug-16 15:37:13

Well done on buying your first house. I hope you get things sorted out soon. People can be such bastards.

happypoobum Fri 26-Aug-16 15:39:58

What bastards. yes, they can be legally forced to compensate you financially for everything they should have left but obviously that could take a while. Pretty stupid of them really. Maybe they thought you were a soft touch?

Do you know anyone who can lend you a mattress for a bit?

FilmaWlintstone Fri 26-Aug-16 15:40:25

exit & checkpoint shockblush** that's so kind of you but I currently have random relatives arriving with bits and bobs (which is also surprising and v kind)

To the poster who asked yes it was agreed as an addendum on the fixtures and fitting form - solicitor says this means it's a breach of the house sale contract as it was included in the price..

Still waiting to hear back from the solicitor..

I'm not actually that stressed about it bizarrely I'm sure the proper annoyance will kick in at some point!

Thank you for all your lovely good wishes too, aibu is being v kind today grin

NotCitrus Fri 26-Aug-16 15:41:36

Call your solicitor and the EA. It's possible the seller is already bollocking the movers and arguing for the stuff to go back to you.

FilmaWlintstone Fri 26-Aug-16 15:43:04

He was a bit on an arsehole with some things the week before exchange so I doubt it was a mistake - the thing I know he moved out a while ago so I'm thinking he's sold it separately...

Discobabe Fri 26-Aug-16 15:44:38

Yanbu, how infuriating and it puts a downer on what should be a happy day.

Our vendor left behind a washing machine and fridge (which we later discovered was because you had to remove the kitchen door to get them out), various random bits and a garage of stuff inc paint.

We exchanged at 2pm, they were still packing at 4!!

FenellaMaxwell Fri 26-Aug-16 15:46:22

flowers for you OP - how annoying!! We completed today too, and the vendor has left he house vacant, which is fine, but he also took things like the lock off the bathroom door?!? Weirdo!

shovetheholly Fri 26-Aug-16 15:49:21

You will be able to either get the things back, or some money in compensation I think (trying to remember back to when DH moved into the house to find the loft still full). It may turn out to be a good thing if he has sold them on, as you can buy some things you actually want with the money he'll have to pay you grin

DixieWishbone Fri 26-Aug-16 15:52:03

I hope your solicitor gets it resolved quickly. A cash payment may work out better in the end as you can buy things that will suit you. I would push for them having to pay you the replacement value rather than the value of the second hand goods. Their actions mean you have to replace the items and you may not have the option to buy as cheaply as you were going to from them.

A colleague moved into a house to find the seller had taken the light bulbs, the light fixtures, the electrical switch plates, and the plants from the garden.

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