Removal companies and their clients across South Africa are currently quite frustrated by the restrictions Level-4 lockdown have placed on the ability to move home. Presently there are many schools of thought on the restrictions in place, but be this as it may, as a business we at Monarch Moving have a responsibility to both our clients and community and their safety, underpinned by the guidance from the South African Government.

Fear not for we have some reprieve for the next 30 days.

Why the frustration for Removal Companies and their clients?

Level-4 restrictions have left many people stuck in homes where the lease has expired, and others are required to pay occupational rent for a property they cannot move to. Many people are even resorting to illegal measures to avoid financial penalties imposed, which they simply cannot afford.

Besides the obvious toll the restrictions have placed on most people’s finances, there is also a yet to be measured toll on the psychological effect the restrictions and the “new normal” as many have dubbed it has on individuals.

Some readers, as surveyed on Property24 have commented. “I paid rent for May and have always paid on time. I cannot move my furniture, and I gave notice as per my lease. However, my landlord says I need to pay storage using my deposit. Surely this is illegal, and he cannot do this?” questions Jade Smith, who owns a nanny service and still cannot operate, and cannot afford her rent.

Togieda Lamada another highly frustrated Property24 reader comments, “I feel this lockdown is unfair and we are being treated as kids, I’m fed up. I want to move to my husband and not wait until the government tells me when I can go. When will we reach level 3? My life is a mess now due to lockdown.”

The dilemma is Jade and Togieda are two of many thousands of people caught in this unknown situation of moving home, but couldn’t due to restrictions placed on removal companies like Monarch Moving and others.

Monarch Moving has, however, been granted permission to move clients both locally and long-distance for the next 30 days. There is still no allowance for international removals, but goods may be brought into storage.

When will Removal Companies be able to operate again?

At Monarch Moving we have eagerly been awaiting the ability to trade and at last, it has been granted at least for the next month until 7 June 2020. If you would like a quote to get your household effects moved, please contact us soonest.

We also specialise in international removals, and there are still some restrictions that remain in place in terms of customs clearance along with international travel, so please check back with us regularly.

We will, however, keep you informed of developments through our website, as well as social media, along with all current bookings awaiting their removal.

Moving Companies should be able to operate soon after Level 4 Lockdown

What can you do in the meantime?

If you are already booked and ready to move, it may be an excellent time to get rid of any unwanted goods and do a bit of cleaning out, before we arrive. If you have any other questions relating to an upcoming move or need a free quote, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are in the planning phase, it may be wise to start the process and get your free quote, to book your move rather sooner than later, as it will be first-come-first-served over the next 30 days. You may be left in a predicament not being able to secure the dates you would prefer due to current commitments.

We are ready, over to you

We are well prepared to be there for our clients and resume removals. We have all our personal protective equipment (PPE) in place and will follow the governments guidelines in terms of all the COVID-19 safety requirements and regulations, as well as continuous sanitising. This will ensure a safe and more importantly, stress-free move.

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