Washington, DC asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia

Q: What is the law regarding a moving company holding your items until you pay their demand for more money?

I hired a moving company to relocate my items in Seattle to DC. They are now claiming that my storage until which only held a capacity of 400 cu ft took up 425 cu ft of their trailer and that they have to transfer my items to a shuttle because the semi currently carrying my items is too big to go to the storage unit. They are demanding an additional $853 in cash or money order due on delivery today. I saw that Maryland has laws against this but what about DC? And can I call the police once I meet them at the storage unit?

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Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Well, I think you should call a lawyer and see what he can do. It's going to cost, but probably less than the $853.00. If the lawyer can't work something out, if you want your property back you may have to pay now and sue later...if you have a legal grounds to sue. It all depends on whats in the contract.

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