(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Consignor” means the person named in the bill of lading as the person from whom the household goods and personal effects have been received for shipment and that person’s agent.
(2) “Consignee” means the person named in the bill of lading to whom or to whose order the household mover is required to make delivery as provided in the bill of lading and that person’s agent.
(b) Any household mover engaged in the business of transportation of used household goods and personal effects by motor vehicle over any public highway in this state shall provide each consignor with a completed copy of the notice set forth in this section. The notice shall be printed in at least 12-point type, except the title and first two paragraphs which shall be printed in boldface type, and provided to each consignor at least three days prior to the date scheduled for the transportation of household goods or personal effects. If the consignor requests services on a date that is less than three days before the scheduled date for transportation of the household goods or personal effects, the household mover shall provide the notice as soon as practicable, but in no event may the household mover commence any services until the consignor has signed and received a signed copy of the notice. The household mover shall obtain sufficient information from the consignor to fill out the form and shall include the correct maximum amount and a sufficient description of services that will be performed. The household mover shall retain a copy of the notice, signed by the consignor, for at least three years from the date the notice was signed by the consignor.
(c) Any waiver of the requirements of this section is void and unenforceable.
(d) For transportation services provided by a household mover, the “Not To Exceed” amount set forth in the notice and the agreement between the household mover and the consignor shall be the maximum total dollar amount for which the consignor may be liable for the transportation of household goods and personal effects and any additional services ordered by the consignor, including any bona fide change order permitted under the rules and regulations administered by the bureau, and agreed to by the consignor before any goods or personal effects are moved from their location or any other services are performed.
(e) A household mover may provide the notice set forth in this section either as a separate document or by including it as the centerfold of the informational booklet that the household mover is required to provide the consignor under the rules and regulations administered by the bureau. If the household mover provides the notice as part of the informational booklet, the booklet shall contain a tab that extends beyond the edge of the booklet at the place where the notice is included. The statement “Important Notice” shall be printed on the tab in at least 12-point boldface type. In addition, the statement “Customer Must Read And Sign The Important Notice In The Middle Of This Booklet Before A Move Can Begin” shall be set forth in 14-point boldface type on the front cover of the booklet.
(f) The notice provided the consignor shall be in the following form:
“IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ONLY AGREE TO A “NOT TO EXCEED” AMOUNT THAT YOU THINK IS A PROPER AND REASONABLE FEE FOR THE SERVICES YOU ARE REQUESTING. THE “NOT TO EXCEED” AMOUNT THIS MOVER IS REQUESTING IS $____________________ TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
“IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE “NOT TO EXCEED” AMOUNT LISTED OR THE DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE THE MOVER’S SERVICE AT NO CHARGE TO YOU.“If you request additional or different services at the time of the move, you may be asked to complete a Change Order which will set forth your agreement to pay for additional fees for those newly requested services. If you agree to the additional charges on that Change Order, those charges may be added to the “NOT TO EXCEED” amount set forth above. If you do not agree to the amounts listed in the Change Order, you should not sign it and may refuse the mover’s services.
“A mover cannot refuse to release your goods once you have paid the “NOT TO EXCEED” amount for the transportation of your goods and personal effects and any additional services that you have agreed to in writing. The “NOT TO EXCEED” amount must be reasonable.
“A mover cannot, under any circumstances, withhold food, medicine, medical devices, items to treat or assist a disabled person, or items used for care of a minor child. A mover without a valid permit has no right to withhold your goods for any reason, including claims that you have not adequately paid for services rendered.
“For additional information or to confirm whether a mover has a valid permit issued by the Division of Household Movers of the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, please call the Bureau toll free at:
_____ Insert toll-free number _____ .
“I have completed this form and provided the consumer (shipper) with a copy of this notice.“Signed ________________________ Dated __________________
“I have been provided with a copy of this form.“Signed ________________________ Dated _________________”
(g) Any document required by this section may be in an electronic form, if agreed upon by the household mover and the customer.
(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 421, Sec. 8. (SB 19) Effective January 1, 2018. Operative July 1, 2018, pursuant to Section 19294.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018