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items left in property after completion also posted in legal

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outwardbound Tue 27-Sep-11 14:04:09

I bought an appartment offered with vacant possesion we negotiated over the price and said we wer'nt interested in the furnishings and would only make an offer on the property we haggled back and forth and agreed to a price we asked for a list of contents and carried on with the deal.
We exchanged and completed got the keys and moved in we were surprised to see thay had not cleared the appartment but believed they had taken what they wanted, so we relocated our own furniture in good faith, A week later I am called and told they need to make arrangments to collect all the items (we were never given a contents list to agree and sign) I express my shock and explain that we have moved in, they say that if I would like to cover the expense of moving the furniturn they would come to a deal with me, I refused saying I thought it was there mistake and that the contract states "all chattels in and included on any attached list are included in the sale" they are now threatening me with court action if I do not allow them access to remove these items or £1000
I am at my wits end with worry and would appreciate your opinion

Pissfarterleech Tue 27-Sep-11 14:15:58

Ignore.

They'd have to prove the items belong to them.

angel1976 Tue 27-Sep-11 16:03:53

I don't know anything about legal matters but I imagine it is now up to them to prove their stuff in theirs. BUT My first thought on reading your message was why on earth wouldn't you return the furniture back to them? It might have been a pure mistake on their part NOT to have removed everything they wanted. Things are stressful on moving day. It's good faith surely just to return their stuff seeing as you are aware they were not included.

HOWEVER on re-reading your OP, I realised that you have actually 'relocated our own furniture in good faith', which I take to mean you have gotten rid of your own stuff so you could retain the furniture left behind? Can you get them back or maybe try and get the vendors to cover the cost of replacing your furniture? Good luck.

LIZS Tue 27-Sep-11 16:08:14

Can you not clarify this with your solicitor ? I'd have assumed they had taken everything at the time but may have checked if it seems a lot prior to disposing of own stuff. Seems bad practice not to have a fixtures and fittings list agreed before exchange.

Fizzylemonade Tue 27-Sep-11 16:50:57

Surely you can "counter sue" for them leaving behind items when a property should be left vacant apart from the items listed on the fixtures and fittings list?

Contact your solicitor ASAP, that is what they are there for.

bibbitybobbityhat Tue 27-Sep-11 16:52:14

Are you in the UK?

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