Title

State takes action against seven illegal residential moving companies

Published

11/4/2013

Details

Media contact: (360) 664-1116 or media@utc.wa.gov
Docket number: TV-1311599, TV-131600, TV-131603, TV-131605, TV-131606, TV131607, TV-131608, TV-131609, TV-131610

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State regulators took action today against seven residential moving companies that have been operating without permits in Washington.
 
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) ordered four moving companies operating illegally to cease providing residential moving services until they obtain the required permit.
 
Four of the residential moving companies received a $5,000 penalty, $4,500 of which was suspended for two years on the condition that the companies comply with the commission order. The four companies are:
 
• Right Choice Movers, owned by Rickey Clasablanca of Bremerton;
• Danny the Mover, owned by Daniel Eddy & Janyce Stone of Lynnwood;
• Quick Move, owned by Orlando Orellana of Seattle; and
• Yako Home Moving, owned by Boubacar Zida of Bothell.
 
Boubacar Zida received a temporary permit from the commission Oct. 18 for a residential moving company called 3Z Movers. Zida must operate under state laws for a minimum of 180 days before becoming eligible for a permanent permit.
 
Edmonds-based Phoenix Moving & Logistics, owned by Ricardo (Joe) Lomedico, and Innovative Moving Co., located in Bremerton and owned by Daryl Munn, failed to appear at the hearing and were fined $5,000 by default order. Both companies were ordered to cease operating.
 
Best Price Moving & Delivery, owned by Geraldo Lima of Seattle, received a $5,000 penalty that was suspended for two years as long as he ceases operations until obtaining the required permit.
 
The commission dismissed a complaint against Humberto Luna-Lopez because he provided evidence that his moving business was closed in 2012.
 
Danny the Mover and Best Price Moving & Delivery have temporary permit applications pending before the commission.
 
Great American Moving & Storage, owned by Chana Green of Tacoma, will appear at another UTC hearing Nov. 14 to determine if the company performs in-state moves and needs to acquire a valid permit. Ms. Green asserts the moving company performs only interstate moves, which the commission does not regulate.
 
The commission urges Washington residents to do their homework before hiring a mover. Consumers should:
 
• Verify the mover’s permit and complaint history with the UTC.
• Compare costs by getting at least two written estimates.
• Check online reviews and complaints about the mover.
• Know the mover’s full name, address and phone number.
• Get a written, signed inventory list from the company of all belongings being loaded.
 
The commission offers information and tips for a safe move at www.utc.wa.gov/movingtips.
 
The UTC is the state’s watchdog agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state. Movers must charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.
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News Category

Consumer; Transportation

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Content Type: Announcement
Created at 11/4/2013 2:40 PM by Meehan, Marilyn (UTC)
Last modified at 12/23/2013 10:30 AM by Maxwell, Amanda (UTC)