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Bought a new house and the old owners didn't think they had to move out!

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thumb3lina Fri 26-Feb-16 21:24:38

So today we went to complete on our new house, very excited and all packed ready to go. We got a call from our solicitor to say it was completed and we left to go to our new home, with all of our things. Stopped off at the estate agents, got the keys, everything fine.

We get there, go to the front door, put the key in and have a massive shock to find the previous owners sitting in the lounge. We asked who they were and they introduced themselves as the previous owners. They hadn't even packed one box!! DH asks them why they are still in OUR house and they inform us that they decided not to move out until Sunday!? We pointed out that we had all of our things in a van outside with our 2 month old baby and DH politely asked them to leave to which they replied it would be too inconvenient for them to leave today!

We ended up threatening to call the police as we legally owned the house and now had nowhere to go, so they said they would leave in an hour but acted as if we were being very unreasonable. We had to get all of our helpers to help them pack and they ended up leaving 5 hours later.

I'm also quite pissed off with the agent as surely they should make sure these situations don't happen.

Chinesealan Fri 26-Feb-16 21:26:36

They sound like loons.

Out2pasture Fri 26-Feb-16 21:27:24

sad too shocking to read and run.
i recommend wine/cheese and crackers.
it will be a great story for years to come.

VoldysGoneMouldy Fri 26-Feb-16 21:27:35

Christ on a bike.

MooseyMouse Fri 26-Feb-16 21:27:43

That's incredible! Poor you. Well done for not killing them!

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Feb-16 21:27:46

shock Let me just take this in then I will comment.

Jungfraujoch Fri 26-Feb-16 21:28:30

Make sure you change the locks!

Bearbehind Fri 26-Feb-16 21:28:46

Sorry- it doesn't help but that's actually very funny- you'll be laughing about it very soon!

mogloveseggs Fri 26-Feb-16 21:28:53

Wtf! shock

RubbleBubble00 Fri 26-Feb-16 21:29:01

Yikes but not first time iv heard in on here

OverScentedFanjo Fri 26-Feb-16 21:29:04

did they buy a house as well?

LaContessaDiPlump Fri 26-Feb-16 21:29:24

shock there are truly some odd people in the world.

thebiscuitindustry Fri 26-Feb-16 21:29:46

shock That sounds dreadful! I've never heard of anyone doing that before. How selfish of them.

poocatcherchampion Fri 26-Feb-16 21:29:54

grin that's hysterical. In years to come you will wish you'd had the wherewityall to take a snap!

OverScentedFanjo Fri 26-Feb-16 21:30:44

I'm sorry that must have taken away all the joy of the new home

SoddingPufflers Fri 26-Feb-16 21:30:50

Did you never meet them when you viewed?

LIZS Fri 26-Feb-16 21:30:59

We found the owners still in situ when we moved , but fortunately with a loaded van . Solicitor hadn't told them it had completed. Hope you got in and settled.

99percentchocolate Fri 26-Feb-16 21:31:17

Jesus Christ! I thought I'd had a bad day!

AlmaMartyr Fri 26-Feb-16 21:31:30

OMG! shock

flowers for you

honeysucklejasmine Fri 26-Feb-16 21:31:42

From precious threads, it's possible your solicitors may be able to extract some compensation from them for this. Definitely let them know.

PerettiChelsea Fri 26-Feb-16 21:32:02

What??? They dropped the keys off at the estate agents but didn't think to move outshock

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 26-Feb-16 21:32:56


They do sound bonkers.

Change the locks as soon as you can.

Check the electric and gas readings and get them validated.

Check they haven't left any of their rubbish in the loft or taken anything that was on the inventory.

Tell them to get their mail re directed as of now, they might be expecting post till Sunday and you might get lumbered with all their parcels.

Hope they weren't planning a Leaving Party on Saturday night and end up with 1000s of revellers at your door.

Enjoy your new house wine

FishOn Fri 26-Feb-16 21:32:57

We moved house when I was a kid and they hadn't left. They were only moving over the road.

Mum, Dad, sis and I and the two cats sat in the car outside while they spent hours moving their belongings by shopping trolley.

I don't think I've ever seen DM so cross grin

BettyOctopus Fri 26-Feb-16 21:32:58

We had this too - turned up to find the previous owners having breakfast, they hadn't packed a thing !

SquidgeyMidgey Fri 26-Feb-16 21:33:03

Yes please change the locks ASAP. BIL bought a house, bit of a doer upper so he didn't move in immediately. He went over one day and the previous owner was in the house and ran out of the back door.

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