I recently signed a lease and made a verbal agreement with the broker and landlord that I could move in the evening prior to the lease start date. There was another tenant in the apartment at that time, and she agreed that she would move out in the early afternoon.
I spoke with the landlord, scheduled my movers for 6pm, and told her and the tenant that I would be there at 7:30pm. When I arrived at the apartment, the tenant was nowhere to be found and the apartment was still in tact, nothing packed or cleaned.
The tenant’s boyfriend showed up (without keys) and said the movers were 6 hours late, and that I would just have to wait until they were finished. I ended up having to pay my movers for an extra 3 hours, during which time they sat in a truck and waited for the other movers to finish.
The tenant is unwilling to pay me for the time my movers spent sitting in the truck. My question is: Should I seek a reimbursement? If so, from who? Does a verbal agreement count in this case?