Hi, I have just completed on a purchase. It turns out that the seller has removed a washing machine that should have been left behind, which had been agreed in the fittings and fixtures form. This has caused me a lot of stress and anxiety.I had specifically asked for the appliance to be left behind and had it agreed in the fittings form, because I was down to the last bit of my savings.
Has this happened to anyone before? Did you have any success recovering the cost of the item removed?
Yes, I had a wood burner removed that was inc in sale. However, we let it go. You can instruct your solicitor to go after them for the cost or replacement. Speak to them to understand the process and the costs.
Whilst its annoying these things happen and most people are so happy with their new house [costing thousands] it doesn't really matter much that you've been 'done' out of a washing machine - despite your insistence that it remain.
It'll probably cost more to chase up through your solicitors in time and money that it would be just to find a second hand one for sale locally.
Thank you for the replies. I feel very annoyed that they can get away with this. it is almost like they are counting on me not being able to doing anything about it. What's the point of having a legal contract if seller can flaunt it so blatantly? Therefore I think I will pursue legal actions, all the way to the end.
The vendors of my sisters house removed all the light fittings taking chunks out of the plaster when they moved out - had to come back with all the light-fittings and pay for an electrician and a plasterer to make good.
My sister had a really good EA and solicitor who got on the case ASAP.
Any of their mail that the post office don't forward, write RTS (return to sender) and pop back in the post when you can be bothered (like a few months later), don't send it on to them if they've left a forwarding address - fuck 'em!
Yoyo, I totally sympathise with you. Coincidentally, I also have a problem with the seller's estate agent. I had gotten them to agree in writing that they would help me obtain the appliance at no cost (in addition to the fittings and contents form), but it turns out the estate agent only agreed to it to con me into exchange. They have since denied any responsibility.
MapleLeaf, my sellers can be sure that they will not get any mails. They also removed the letterbox!