Removals Ombudsman | Complaints resolution for the Removals Industry

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Complaints Resolution for
the Removals Industry


What to do if you have a complaint about a removal or storage company:

If you have a complaint about a removal or storage company, that is a member of the scheme, your first step is to complain directly to the company, setting out your complaint in writing.

The company will deal with it in line with their normal complaints procedures. You should ensure that you keep all relevant contracts and letters. You or the company, or both may first refer the complaint to the company's trade body.

If the outcome then proves unsatisfactory, you can refer the matter to the Removals Industry Ombudsman.

What kind of complaints can the Ombudsman consider?

The Ombudsman can consider complaints such as:

• Breaches of contract. e.g. a failure to provide a service to the standard contracted or excessive charges over and above what was agreed.
• Allegations of unprofessional or inefficient conduct
• Breaches of the Code of Practice of the National Guild of Removers & Storers
• Substantial delays in dealing with your complaint

The Ombudsman cannot deal with:

• Any complaint against a non-member of the Scheme
• Insurance matters
• Complaints which are, or have been, dealt with by the Court or another body
• A complaint sent to the Ombudsman more than 12 months after your complaint went through the internal complaints procedure of the company
• Vexatious complaints

What can the Ombudsman do?

The role of the Ombudsman is to settle disputes by agreement between the parties, or by recommending an award of compensation, or by deciding that the circumstances do not warrant any further action.

How do I make a complaint to the Ombudsman?

Contact the Office of the Removal Industry Ombudsman Scheme and ask for a Complaint Form, or, print off the form on this web-site, and post or email it to the address below. Once received, together with all relevant documentation from the National Guild of Removers & Storers (if they have been involved), the complaint will be considered as quickly as possible. Evidence must be submitted in writing; there is no hearing. There is no cost to the complainant.

What will happen then?

The Ombudsman, after acknowledging receipt of your complaint, will consider your case carefully, in a fair and even-handed manner. Further investigations may be made. It may be possible to settle the dispute by agreement at this stage, but if not the Ombudsman will send all parties the Determination.

The Ombudsman's decision.

The National Guild of Removers & Storers member has agreed to be bound by the Ombudsman's decision, but the consumer is not. The claimant may accept it, in full and final settlement of the dispute, or reject it. The right to take legal action will not have been affected and the remover will no longer be bound by the determination.

The Ombudsman will not transmit or publish any confidential information except where required to do so by the court.

Who is the Ombudsman?

Tony Kaye was appointed as Ombudsman in June 2015. He is independent of any removal company or organisation.

How do I know if my remover is a member of the scheme?

Your original quotation from the removal company should indicate their membership. The link to members on this site may be of help. If in doubt, contact the Office of the Ombudsman, below:

PO Box 1535,
High Wycombe,
HP12 9EE

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See links below to download the guidance document 'Submitting a case to the Ombudsman'.

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