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Moving out of condo, only can employ professional movers?

Hi, I'm moving out of my condo soon. It's only a small 1BR place, so I don't want to hire movers for a minimum of 2 hours and $300+. I can rent a Uhaul and move it myself. However, in the elevator rental form, there is a clause that says "I will only employ professional licensed and bonded movers to conduct my move."

Is this clause enforceable? Is it okay if I don't hire anyone and just move myself? There is a service fee for using the elevator as well as a damage deposit already...
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Ask your condo board or whatever draconian organization runs it (congrats on moving out).

In all seriousness, that is there to prevent you from hiring trained monkeys with no insurance to move your stuff. How did you move in? I think it's fair to say you're allowed to move your own stuff in and out of your condo. How else would you ever buy furniture or bring home a TV?
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torontotim wrote: Ask your condo board or whatever draconian organization runs it (congrats on moving out).

In all seriousness, that is there to prevent you from hiring trained monkeys with no insurance to move your stuff. How did you move in? I think it's fair to say you're allowed to move your own stuff in and out of your condo. How else would you ever buy furniture or bring home a TV?
Haha I don't want to ask in order to preserve my plausible deniability ;).

We moved in piecewise (a bed one day, a desk another day) ourselves. But one day were we moved a bit more stuff and parked the van beside the service door, the concierge got kind of mad at us and told us we had to book the elevator next time.
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Book the elevator, and be super careful about any damage to hallways etc. Frankly, if a mover caused damage you'd never get them to admit it or fork over the money the condo board would demand anyhow. Book the elevator and move.

You're not hiring anyone, so by definition you're not breaking the clause that says you'll only hire licensed professional insured movers.
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Yep. Screw the clause. Move yourself. Moving is muscle. It's not like moving companies employ guys who go to Moving Trade School to become Professional Movers.
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torontotim wrote:
You're not hiring anyone, so by definition you're not breaking the clause that says you'll only hire licensed professional insured movers.
I agree. You aren’t hiring unbonded movers so you are good.
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xerane wrote: Hi, I'm moving out of my condo soon. It's only a small 1BR place, so I don't want to hire movers for a minimum of 2 hours and $300+. I can rent a Uhaul and move it myself. However, in the elevator rental form, there is a clause that says "I will only employ professional licensed and bonded movers to conduct my move."

Is this clause enforceable? Is it okay if I don't hire anyone and just move myself? There is a service fee for using the elevator as well as a damage deposit already...
You're not moving, you're just transferring some personal items to your vehicle. Since you're not employing anyone at all, it's fine.
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As it was said, just do it and be careful not to damage the walls and floor. Movers would not do anything about a few scratches on a wall anyway, that condo board is in serious denial if they think otherwise.
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It sounds more like they mean "if I were to hire a mover, I will only employ professional licensed and bonded movers to conduct my move". You would assume if the condo is doing the moving he would be careful about moving his own furniture.
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How do they define professional?
As far as I know, mover doesn't need to be license and there is no license for it.

Does it has to be a registered moving company? or just anyone who work as a mover for living.

Anyhow, if you move yourself, you are not hiring anyone, so their rule is not applicable.
Just make sure you don't damage anything, so nothing can go after you.
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