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Gazumping by removals! How to avoid your firm moving a higher bidder

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I’ve heard about people moving home who are having their removal company ditch them at the last minute. 

This is because the firms are being offered more money elsewhere despite already being booked. 

What can I do to prevent this, and ensure that the removal firm I’ve booked turns up on my moving day as agreed?

Gazumping by removals? Some removal firms may discard your booking for a more profitable one

Gazumping by removals? Some removal firms may discard your booking for a more profitable one

MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies:  There are some unreliable removal companies failing to move people on their moving day as agreed.

It can create all sorts of issues, not least that their furniture and belongings remain in a property that they no longer own – once the sale is completed on the moving day.

The problem is that the removals industry remains largely unregulated, so anyone can set themselves up as a man and van removals firm. Always opt for a reputable firm that is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR).

Anthony Ward Thomas, of Ward Thomas Removals and The Master Removers Group, says: Gazumping on removals happens whenever the housing market is really busy.

The problem comes when people search for removals firms on the internet and opt for one of the generic names that head the list of results. They sound like removals firms but are actually internet brokerage businesses that farm out moves to the highest bidder.

You fill out your details and removals firms bid to move you. You think you have secured a firm until a more profitable job comes along and they bid on that one. If they are successful, they discard your move and you are left in the lurch, often on moving day.

There is no governance of these sites – anyone can set themselves up as a man and van removals firm – so the best thing to do is avoid them completely. 

They are not accountable. If you are ‘lucky’ enough to have your removals firm turn up, you may find that the van is usually used for fruit or fish deliveries but was standing idle and the guy who owns it thought he’d turn his hand to removals.

Always opt for a reputable firm which should be a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR). Ask friends for recommendations and make sure they are a five-star Trustpilot operator. People can be gullible when it comes to the internet and common sense evaporates. Removals is one of those last industries that cannot be carried out by computers – you need men and lorries or vans so opt for those who do this all the time.

HOW TO PICK A REMOVALS FIRM

When choosing a mover, Ian Studd of the British Association of Removers, recommends consumers take the following steps: 

  • Carry out proper due diligence on who they may be inviting in to their home. BAR Membership can be verified by clicking on the TSI logo which will be found on members’ own websites
  • ·Ask for references and then take them up
  • ·Consumers should research a potential service provider’s website to look for feedback reports, which in the case of a BAR Member company can be found on the portal reference line
  • ·If they have the opportunity, then visit the service provider’s premises to experience first-hand how they operate and if possible speak to staff and take opinion from other clients which is always useful.
  • Always get a minimum of two quotations and for preference three. Quotes must be considered on a like-for-like basis (ie is the service provision described exactly the same) and not simply on the price at the bottom of the page
  • Check the terms and conditions for potential additional charges and when they may be incurred (a bona fide professional remover will always explain this to you as part of their quotation process)
  • Allow sufficient time to allow for all of the above to happen and a formal contract offer to be made and accepted

 

Ian Studd, of the British Association of Removers, said: The key point here is that the consumer must absolutely allow enough time to complete proper due diligence on their preferred service provider and to confirm the move date(s) at least seven to 10 days in advance.

They should also consider this service as a value proposition and not simply a commodity purchase and enter into a formal, legally binding, contract with their chosen provider.

The removals industry remains largely unregulated and so it is important for the consumer to be educated in how to choose a mover. Inevitably and understandably price will be an issue, but it should never be the only issue, and the choice of service provider should be considered against service levels, consumer protections and price.

What matters the most, and costs the least, is having a safe and successful outcome. What is absolutely true is that one size most definitely does not fit all, rather each move is an individual experience that is determined by a unique set of circumstances and so any solution or move plan should be tailored to meet the specific needs of the task in hand.

Looking to reduce their expenses, many consumers will enlist family or friends to move their belongings, or look for cheap removals services on social media. Unfortunately most such service providers will fall into that ‘unregulated’ category and will offer no consumer protections in the event that something goes wrong.

There is nothing to stop a person buying a transit van today and calling themselves a removals expert tomorrow, operating entirely in the black-market economy. One associated risk in following this course of action is that scrimping on removals can leave the consumer at risk of being ‘gazumped’ at short notice by the so called mover if they find a more profitable piece of work for the date in question. Sadly, there are also many examples of items being damaged or stolen in transactions of this type.

With regards to the professional removal service companies, there is no question that they are under enormous pressure at the moment to cater for the volume of demand that we are experiencing. That said, if all parties in the move chain – including conveyancers, solicitors and consumers – apply a degree of common sense to the process, then that demand can and will be fulfilled.

The key issue here is to apply reasonable time parameters to exchange and completion of contract, which would then allow sufficient advanced notification of confirmed move dates, which in turn allows the chosen mover the opportunity to schedule workloads more efficiently. 

It is also worth mentioning that moves do not always have to take place on a Friday, the burden could definitely be eased considerably by scheduling completions to take place on any one of the other days in the week. All of which said, some consumers will inevitably pursue the DiY route as their preferred option.

However, when contracted with a professional removals company, you can be assured that the mover will have scheduled the move programme to account for all necessary time parameters, such as needing to vacate the property by a given deadline to comply with contractual requirements, and also that fully trained and qualified operatives will be allocated to your move programme.

Selecting a professional company to complete the move will ensure that a legally binding contract will have been formed through the offering and acceptance of a quotation, and so the mover is obliged to ensure that the contract is fulfilled.

The combination of these factors will deliver a more efficient and much safer outcome than would be the case if an unregulated company, or a ‘DIY’ approach is taken.

The removals market has been pretty flat out since June last year with the more normal seasonal ‘peaks and troughs’ of activity having been almost completely levelled out. Our members have reported being under constant pressure to deal with the demand, both administrational and operational, with all staff working long hours to fulfil their contractual obligations to the consumer.

If there is one thing that would help to alleviate some of that pressure and risk of default, it would be for consumers to allow enough time to carefully select their chosen provider and to confirm the move date far. By doing this far enough in advance, the mover has sufficient notice to allocate the required resources to the task in hand.

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The rent race! Return to office means tenants are fighting for homes

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Roseanna Lane has found it almost impossible get a two-bedroom property in her price range

Roseanna Lane has found it almost impossible get a two-bedroom property in her price range

Roseanna Lane thought she had plenty of time to find a new flat to rent when she gave notice to her landlord two months ago. 

But despite registering with eight estate agents in Richmond, South-West London, Roseanna and her partner Nick have found it almost impossible to nail down a two-bedroom property in their price range.

Even after raising their budget from £1,500 to £2,000 a month and considering properties farther afield, the couple, both 24, were repeatedly outbid by tenants willing to pay more. 

And they are not alone. Experts warn that the rental market is in chaos following a spike in demand after lockdown — particularly in big cities where workers are returning to the office, and student towns now that universities have reopened.

Agents say properties are being snatched up in as little as 24 hours — in which time applicants are registered, vetted, shown the flat and have their paperwork processed — before tenants move in a few days later. 

Renters also complain of being gazumped by others offering more money at the last minute.

Nervous landlords are desperate for financial security after the Covid-crisis ban on evictions, which only ended in May. 

As a result, many are increasing rents, carrying out stricter income checks and demanding that tenants commit to longer contracts. 

So even those who manage to find somewhere to live now face paying hundreds of pounds more per month, forking out a year’s rent upfront and locking into three-year tenancies for a property that likely doesn’t tick all their boxes.

Supply has also been hit by reforms to the buy-to-let sector, which has left landlords struggling to make a profit after losing lucrative tax breaks. 

Many have sold up to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday and rising house prices. Others have converted their properties to holiday lets.

Picky landlords and huge fee hikes 

Roseanna, who works in technology PR, says: ‘We’d look at a property that was not quite right but before we could make an offer, it was gone. We were refreshing websites such as Rightmove constantly.

‘Some of the prices were ridiculous — I found it sickening. Before lockdown, I was renting a two-bed flat in Richmond with a friend for £1,500 a month, but we were seeing some for as much as £2,250 a month that were just not worth the money.’

The couple were warned about a shortage of properties but thought the agents were just trying to get them to move quickly. 

They were also told that landlords wanted more security and were becoming far fussier about tenants.

Hot property: Agents say properties are being snatched up in as little as 24 hours -  in which time applicants are registered, vetted, shown the flat and have their paperwork processed

Hot property: Agents say properties are being snatched up in as little as 24 hours –  in which time applicants are registered, vetted, shown the flat and have their paperwork processed

Roseanna says: ‘We made sure to emphasise that we are a tidy, professional couple with stable jobs.’

She also found that landlords were unwilling to negotiate on rent. For one flat, the couple offered £1,800 — £100 below the asking price — and it was rejected straight away.

The pair later learnt that the person who secured the tenancy offered more than the price advertised.

They eventually settled on a two-bed flat outside Richmond because they were running out of time. They offered £1,600 a month — £25 more than what was asked.

They had to pay a holding deposit of a week’s rent to secure the property and agree to a three-year contract with a one-year break clause.

Pounce first thing or there’s no hope 

Ida Amegbey, who works for an investment platform, is struggling to find somewhere to live in Bristol.

She says the first hurdle is price. Over the past few years she has seen rent soar. Before the pandemic, a room in a shared house cost between £300 and £500 a month. Now, the starting price is £500. Meanwhile, the cost of a one-bed flat has risen from £600 to about £900.

And with a small pool of eligible properties, securing a viewing, let alone the chance to put your name on a list, is difficult.

Ida, 30, says estate agents are no longer taking your details to let you know when something suitable crops up. 

‘You now need to check the various websites first thing in the morning when new accommodation is listed, accept the earliest available viewing, then hope that by the time you view the flat, someone else hasn’t been for a viewing and requested to take up the listing,’ she says.

‘It’s not a case of finding a place you can afford or you like, or making sure the people you’ll be living with are compatible. You just take what you can get. It is frantic and stressful.’ 

Ida says she has heard of people sleeping on friends’ couches because they haven’t found a place to live after hunting for months on end.

She adds that tenants are also so worried about the rental market, they are putting up with more unfair treatment by landlords.

‘People I know are less likely to contest unfair charges or report too many repairs,’ says Ida. 

‘We feel we are tiptoeing around our landlords. Ours put the rent up by £100 a month at the start of the pandemic when two of my housemates had been furloughed and elsewhere people were losing their jobs. We just paid it.’

Stuck in limbo with time running out 

Bethan Howe has been looking for a four-bed house in Bristol with three other young professionals since June, when their landlord told them he wanted to sell their flat. 

He gave them until the end of September to find something but they have had no luck.

Bethan Howe has been looking for a four-bed house in Bristol with three other young professionals since June

Bethan Howe has been looking for a four-bed house in Bristol with three other young professionals since June 

Bethan, 23, says: ‘There are so few houses available for sharers — and when one does appear, we hardly even get the chance to arrange a viewing before they are booked up or people put in an offer without seeing the house. 

‘Also, one of the people I’m trying to rent with is doing a PhD and although she is salaried, landlords often consider her a student and reject us on that basis.’

Their landlord has now given them until November to move out, but Bethan says she is still not confident they will find somewhere.

Another tenant, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Money Mail she is currently battling her landlord’s demand for an extra £150 a month for a new tenancy once her existing one ends.

The 29-year-old pays £800 a month for a one-bed flat in Manchester, but has been told this will rise to £950. She says: ‘The justification has simply been ‘the market’. It’s crazy this is happening just before Christmas.’

Some pay a year’s rent up front 

There were nearly half (46 per cent) as many homes available to rent across Britain in August compared with the same month last year, according to estate agents Hamptons. 

At the same time, the firm saw an 8 per cent increase in people looking to rent.

The average monthly rent on a new let increased by 7.4 per cent across the country, from £1,010 to £1,085. 

Tenants in the South West of England saw the biggest hikes, with the average rent rising by 13.9 per cent, from £868 to £989, while those in the South East faced rises of 12.8 per cent — £138 more a month.

Along with Wales, Scotland has seen the sharpest drop in rental properties in Britain. As a result, the average rent in Wales has risen by 12.9 per cent while in Scotland it has gone up by 10.8 per cent, according to HomeLet.

Trade body ARLA Propertymark, which represents lettings agents, says the number of tenants being hit by rent increases jumped significantly for the second month in a row in August, with 79 per cent of agents saying landlords were raising rents, compared with 71 per cent in July.

It also reported record high numbers of new prospective tenants, with 107 per branch.

The house-share site Spareroom currently has more ‘room wanted’ adverts than it has postings for rooms available. This is only the third time this has happened in the UK in the past six years (the last was in 2019).

Lucy Devine, lettings consultant at Hamptons in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, says 27 per cent of properties have gone for over the asking price in the past year.

This means an extra £194 a month for landlords, on average.

Tenants hoping to make themselves more appealing to landlords have been offering as much as six months’ rent upfront.

Ms Devine says: ‘I had to block out a whole day for viewings of a four-bed home because the interest poured in. We usually spread viewings over a few weeks.

‘That day we had six offers, with tenants offering above the asking price, longer tenancy agreements and advance rent.’

Tenants who earn average salaries spend almost a quarter of their income on rent, according to the Office for National Statistics — in hotspot London you would have to spend 37.7 per cent of a typical income on rent.

Adam Stone, lettings manager at Winkworth’s Clerkenwell and City office, says: ‘We have been getting dozens of enquiries for all our properties and generally receive up to five or six offers, some well over the asking price.’

Joseph Cooper, from The Keel, a development of 240 apartments in Liverpool, says flats are being snapped up unviewed within an hour of being listed online.

Enquiries were up 1,650 per cent last month compared with the year before, he adds, as young people returned to the city after moving in with their parents during lockdown.

Amelia Greene, director in the prime lettings team at Savills, says the return of international travel, combined with full easing of lockdown restrictions, has sent the market into a frenzy.

She adds: ‘Demand is up across the board, but hotspots in North and East London have been particularly popular. 

In some instances, tenants are ensuring that they are the most appealing candidate by paying for a full year upfront, or by committing to properties unseen.’

Sarah Coles, from investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown, says: ‘Generation rent has been hit hard during the crisis. They were more likely to have borrowed money to make ends meet, and those already in debt were more likely to have borrowed more.

‘The pandemic pushed the finances of many of them to breaking point, so a hike in rental costs is the last thing they need.’

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Ireland’s population has broken the five-million barrier, while the level of smoking among the Irish has fallen to just 9 per cent.

Those are just two of the diverse facts published this morning by the CSO as part of the Ireland Yearbook 2021.

Publication of the yearbook, an annual snapshot of life in Ireland based on statistics compiled by the CSO, this year begins today with chapters on people and society.

It will continue on Thursday with chapters on business and the economy and will be followed on Friday with the chapters on tourism, agriculture, the environment and Covid-19.

According to the CSO Yearbook 2021, Ireland’s population breached the five million mark for the first time since the 1851 census. The population was estimated to be 5.01 million in April 2021, while the comparable population in 1851 was 5.11 million.

The increase in Ireland’s population was estimated to be 34,000 in the year to April 2021, the smallest increase since 2014 . Intuitively, this may have been due to Covid -19 restricting the movements of international workers, but students of this demographic may have to wait until Friday to fine out definitively.

In terms of regional breakdown Dublin’s population increased by 8,300 in the year to April 2021, bringing the population of the capital to almost 1.43 million, amounting to 28.5 per cent of the State total.

The Midlands, with just over 307,000 people (6.1 per cent), was the region with the smallest population in April 2021.

Smoking is more prevalent in the non-Irish national community than for Irish nationals, the CSO said. Some 17 per cent of non-Irish nationals reported daily smoking compared to just 9 per cent of Irish nationals.

Alcohol consumption and smoking was highest in the 25-34 age group (87per cent of this age group drank alcohol, and 14per cent reported they smoke daily), while the age group 75 years and over reported the lowest levels of alcohol consumption (56 per cent ) and smoking (4 per cent daily).

In other areas of Irish life:

* There were 1,101 breaches of Covid-19 regulations that were classified as crime incidents by An Garda Síochána in 2020, and these included breaches of regulations relating to domestic travel restrictions, licensed premises, wearing of face coverings and international travel.

* Rural households were more likely to report having some or great difficulty accessing a bank (44.2 per cent ) or post office (33.1 per cent) in 2019, compared with urban households at almost 17 per cent and almost 9 per cent, respectively.

*Of those young people who moved back with both parents since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, 22 per cent said their relationship with their father has improved. Some 31 per cent said their relationship with their mother had improved.

“When it comes to life events, births to teenage mothers continues to decrease with 830 births to women under 20 recorded in 2020, compared to 1,199 in 2015.

*Grace pipped Fiadh to the most popular baby name spot for girls. Jack retained the top spot as the most popular boy’s name, while the top three surnames for babies were Murphy at 602 (1.1per cent), Kelly at 523 (0.9 per cent ) and O’Brien at 467 (0.8 per cent).

“Marriage rates more than halved in 2020 most likely as a result of the pandemic. December proved the most popular month for opposite-sex couples to tie the knot as restrictions eased. February was the most popular month for same-sex couples.

The yearbook noted that in 2019 CSO surveys found the South-West reports the highest levels of some form of depression (mild to severe) at 18per cent of people aged 15 years and over. The West region reports the lowest levels of some form of depression at 10per cent.

The pandemic also had an impact on crime, as the total number of recorded crimes in 2020 fell sharply in the categories of burglary and related offences (down by 5,810, or 34.7per cent ) and theft and related offences (down by 16,684, or 24.5per cent ).

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A look at Kim and Kanye's love story

A look at Kim and Kanye’s love story 

2004: First meeting  

Kim and Kanye first met on a music video shoot when the KUWTK star was working as Brandy’s stylist and Kanye was working on a song with the songstress. 

At the time she was still married to Damon Thomas, who she wed in 2000, and Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer. 

Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer

Kanye was dating model Alexis Phifer

Speaking about their first meeting on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians 10 year anniversary special, Kim said: ‘I met him I think in 2002 or 2003. He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend…

‘I vividly remember hanging out with him and then they did a video together, so I’d see him a few times…

‘He was asking his friends: ‘Who is this Kim Kardajan?’ He didn’t know what my name was’. 

She later told Vogue Arabia in 2019: ‘This was before you released your first album and you were known as a music producer. I was really shy…

‘You thought I was Brandy’s assistant, which I wasn’t. Ever since you said that, it’s everywhere… like “Kim is Brandy’s assistant.” I was her friend and stylist. [laughs]…

‘I thought you were attractive, nice, very charming, really funny, powerful – I was in awe of you, but I was really shy, quiet, and a little nervous, to be honest.’

Later on that year, Kim split from Damon, who she wed when she was just 19 after eloping. She attributed domestic violence for the split – a claim he has always staunchly denied . 

Kim wrote in the divorce papers: ‘Before we left out home, Damon hit me in the face and cut my lip open.. I fell into the bed frame and banged my knee hard. I was limping when we went skydiving.’

Sealing the deal: West's crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

Sealing the deal: West’s crush on Kardashian only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton; Paris and Kim pictured in 2006

2006: Heads turned further 

Kanye’s huge crush on Kim only grew over the years as the rising star began getting photographed next to her boss-turned-friend Paris Hilton. 

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2013, Kanye revealed that he truly fell for his future wife after he got a glimpse of a certain photo of her next to her pal Paris in Australia. 

He said: ‘I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. ‘I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, ‘Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?” 

Despite his growing attraction to Kim, Kanye went on to propose to longtime girlfriend Alexis in August of 2006. 

The proposal was slightly more low-key than his eventual proposal to Kim many years later. 

Kanye popped the question to Alexis over a lobster and pasta dinner during a vacation to Capri. 

Tradgedy struck the following year however, when Kanye’s beloved mother Donda passed away.

Following a number of procedures for liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast reduction, the following day she experienced a sore throat, pain and tightening in her chest, before collapsing. A friend who was with her called 911 and West was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

After her death, Kanye seemed keen to honour her wishes of his marriage as he said of tying the knot to Alexis: ‘I’m just going to go and get married — I’m not going to make a big deal out of it…

‘I wouldn’t get married to prove anything to anyone. It’s for me, for stability in my life, and I’m so happy that I found someone that I really love, that challenges me, that keeps my life interesting, that’s just as crazy as I am.’

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars' Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

Working together: Kanye asks Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars’ Princess Leia; Kim and Kanye pictured in 2008

2008: A split, Princess Leia and two new loves 

In April, Kanye calls off his year-and-a-half engagement to Phifer, as confirmed by Phifer in a statement to People, in which she said: ‘It’s always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends’. 

Shortly after, Kanye asked Kim to appear in his infamous hip-hop puppet show Alligator Boots, where she would be playing the part of Star Wars’ Princess Leia.

Although the show was rejected by Comedy Central, Kardashian still had fond feelings for the project as she shared behind the scenes pictures from the set of Alligator Boots to social media in 2018.

Kim wrote on her website: ‘We had met before this project (back in 2003), but I would say this is when we first really connected. These pics are SO funny!’ 

At the time of filming Alligator Boots, Kim was in a relationship with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who she started dating in 2007. 

Meanwhile, Kanye became involved with model Amber Rose in September of that year. 

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

Future couple? In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich

2009: A fashionable meet and a mysterious mention 

In February, Kim and Kanye reunite with one another at the Y-3 show in New York City. Kim attended the show with boyfriend Reggie, while Kanye arrived solo and snagged a seat next to the couple and actress Milla Jovovich.

In April, during his appearance on Keri Hilson’s hit track Knock You Down, appears to reference his looming crush on Kim and his jealousy over her relationship with Reggie. 

He rapped: ‘You were always the cheerleader of my dreams / Seem to only date the head of football teams/…

‘And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened’. 

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year

2010: The end of two love stories 

In March, after three years of dating, Kim and Reggie split up for good. Reports at the time blamed the pressures of fame.

They had briefly split in August 2009 before reuniting, however he was unable to reconcile himself to Kim’s rising star. 

An insider told e! online: ‘They do truly love each other and there’s no bad blood… They’re even open to the idea of reconciling down the road, but need to be apart right now.’

Kanye and Amber also part ways in July of that year. 

Following their split, Amber blamed Kim for the split, saying: ‘Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together. She’s a homewrecker!’ 

In the years after his split from Amber, Kanye has openly criticised the model – most famously saying in a 2015 interview that he had to take ’30 showers’ after dating her and reportedly branding her a ‘prostitute’. 

In December, as Kim filmed the music video for her single Jam (Turn It Up), Kanye was present on set. Famously, Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner snapped at him for checking out her daughter’s famous derriere by bluntly saying, ‘Don’t be looking at her a**’. 

The songwriter snapped back: ‘I’ve never seen it actually.’ 

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

In August 2011, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA

2011: A Hump(hries) in the road  

In May 2011, Kim got engaged to her NBA star boyfriend Kris Humphries, who she started dating in October of 2010. 

In August that year, Kim and Kris wed during a lavish, televised ceremony in Montecito, CA. The eye-popping nuptials were attended by 450 guests and cost approximately $10million,

In an explosive twist in the tale, after just 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce on October 31.  

Kim later revealed that she had misgivings about the marriage but felt she must go forward due to surrounding pressures. 

She said: ‘There was all this attention on the wedding, and I thought ‘maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety.’ 

‘The night before, my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, ‘This isn’t it for you,”

‘I felt like, if I pulled out now, everyone’s going to think I just did it for the show. Then afterwards, people were saying, ‘You have to stay married for a year,’ but I physically couldn’t do it. When I made the decision [to divorce], everyone said it was made up for the show. Everyone really wanted to take me down.’ 

Kris said of the split: ”It’s never easy to go through the embarrassment of something like that — with your friends, with your family …. But when it plays out so publicly, in front of the world, it’s a whole other level. It was brutal’.  

During his appearance on Kocktails with Khloe, Kanye revealed to Khloe that he tried to talk Kim out of moving forward with her marriage to Kris.  

Shortly after, rumors began to swirl that Kim had taken her friendship with Kanye to the next level.

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

Early snap: Kim confirmed her romance with Kanye in June 2012 and they announced they were expecting their first child that December

2012: It’s TRUE and there’s a baby

They finally got together eight years after meeting. 

In March, The rumored couple let it be known they were spending time with each other when Kim sat front row at Kanye’s runway show during Paris Fashion Week. 

The following month, after months of rumors and rumblings, Kim and Kanye made their relationship official as they held hands in New York City. 

In May they took things a step further and make their red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival during the premiere for the film Cruel Summer. 

In December, the Stronger rapper joyously reveals that his is expecting his first child with Kim during a New Year’s Eve concert in Atlantic City. 

The rapper said ‘stop the music’, then announced ‘make noise for my baby mama right here,’ with a wide smile. Kanye’s announcement prompted a flurry of excited tweets from the audience 

Taking to her official website, Kim also confirmed the pregnancy, writing: ‘It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby…

‘We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.’ 

2013: A star is born… North West is here and a wedding on the way 

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

Epic proposal: In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring

On June 15, Kim welcomed their daughter North West. 

Weeks later, the KUWTK star showed off a picture of her and Kanye’s baby girl, while appearing on her mother Kris’ short lived talk show.

In October, Kanye made proposal history when he asked Kim for her hand in marriage with a sparkling 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring.

The proposal was a total surprise and went down at the AT&T Park baseball park in San Francisco, which Kanye rented out for the occasion. 

He had arranged for the words ‘PLEEESE MARRY MEEE!!!’ to flash up on the giant scoreboard at the ballpark. 

Despite his bravado, Kanye admitted prior to the proposal he was nervous, saying: ‘I was talking to a cousin, I said, ‘What do you think she’s gonna say?’…

‘I’m not arrogant about love and feelings at all . . . I knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time

In November, the couple then made headlines around the globe when shortly after their engagement, Kim famously appeared nude while straddling Kanye on a motorbike in his Bound 2 music video.  

2014: The wedding 

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy

In May the following year, the couple tied the knot at  the Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy. The lavish affair saw 200 people in attendance and Kim walked down the aisle in a stunning Maison Margiela bridal gown.

They were wed under the direction of Rich Wilkerson Jr, a pastor from North Miami. Speaking moments after the ceremony to E! News, Kim’s mum Kris said she was ‘beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North’.

‘Such a magical, romantic wedding!’ she added. ‘I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.’ And Kanye seemed equally ebullient, with a source telling MailOnline he gave an eight-minute speech to the gathered guests.

‘I just wanna stop the music a second ‘cos my baby’s coming back with a new dress on. Here she is – Kim Kardashian West,’ he said, introducing his bride.

After the ceremony, the guests broke bread together sitting family style on a 70-metre-long marble banquet table – a gift from master craftsman Gualtiero Vannelli who used marble from the Tuscan quarry in Carrara, according to Us Weekly. 

During the ceremony Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of his songs, including Con te Partiro. Among the stars at the nuptials were Steve McQueen, Lala Anthony, Jaden Smith and Joe Francis. 

2015: Saint West 

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015.

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015.

In May, in wake of her first wedding anniversary with Kanye, Kim confirmed to Glamour that she was expecting her second child with the Grammy winner. 

‘North has taught me patience. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. And nothing I wouldn’t do for my husband. She’s empowered us to want to be the best parents and the best spouses,’ said the star.

In December, Kim and Kanye welcomed their second child, son Saint West, on December 5, 2015. 

Eager to share her newborn with her massive Instagram following, Kim shared a portrait of Saint to the platform.

Kim later discussed life with two young children, saying of North: ‘I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother and it’s so hard for me… 

‘She would get so jealous when I would breastfeed and all that kind of stuff. And now, the phase isn’t going away.’ 

Famed and adored for her seeming diva ways, Kim continued to give insight into life with North, saying: ‘She thinks she’s outsmarting me. 

‘Like, she’ll have a tea party and say, ‘No boys allowed.’ Dad can’t come too then — no boys. And she’ll slam the door on her brother’s face and he’ll just start crying.’ 

2016: Kim’s trauma and trouble in paradise

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016 (pictured before the raid)

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016 (pictured before the raid)

In 2016, Kim was left traumatised when burglars broke into her Paris apartment during Fashion Week, tied her up and stole $10million of jewellery in October 2016. 

In 2018, she finally learning to be ‘okay’ with the horrifying experience because she has ‘learned so much from it’.

The reality star was robbed by five armed men wearing ski masks and clothes with police markings in the ordeal.

At around 3am, the robbers entered the building after the concierge let them in.

Handcuffed and at gunpoint, the concierge led them to the starlet’s flat. 

Kim reportedly ‘begged for her life’ and told the gunmen she had children at home when two of them entered her room and held the gun to her head.

The men stole a jewellery box worth €6 million ($6.7 million/ £5.24 million) and a ring worth €4 million ($4.5 million/ £3.5 million), prompting fears that the valuables were personal ones, and not just jewellery Kim was borrowing for fashion week.

Kim also lost two of her prized smart phones – ones that are likely to contain a great deal of personal information. 

As she recovered from the trauma of the robbery, Kim faced further plight when later that year, the couple were faced with allegations of ‘friction’ due to Kanye’s online behaviour.

After Kanye went on a number of Twitter tangents, insiders said: ‘ What causes friction in the marriage, however, is Kanye’s compulsive tweeting. 

‘Kim can’t stand it. She is all for self-promotion, but doesn’t approve of Twitter drama’. 

Despite this, they denied they were having issues with Kim saying ‘there’s just nothing to really report on’. 

2017: Baby number three

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies

The couple hired a surrogate to carry their third child. It was first reported in July that Kim opted to go the surrogate route due to health complications during her first two pregnancies.

Kim, who suffered with life threatening placenta accreta when carrying North and Saint, is said to have been referred ‘by an agency’ to find the right surrogate.

TMZ claimed the famous duo paid $45,000 for the surrogate to carry their third child, before revealing the lady in question is an African-American college graduate in her Twenties who has been married for five years with two children. 

‘The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate,’ a source told People. 

The singer added: ‘They want everything to be perfect and for the baby to be extremely healthy. 

‘They don’t want any complications and Kim is providing an ideal eating regimen and diet so everyone knows what the baby is consuming before it’s born.’ 

Prior to hiring their surrogate, Kim spoke to her sister Kourtney about the perks of surrogacy, saying: ”If you use a surrogate, nobody has to know the whole time…

‘You could have a baby for a year and nobody would even know.’ 

2018: Chicago is here  

In January, their daughter Chicago was born

In January, their daughter Chicago was born

In January, their daughter Chicago was born. 

Kim delightedly announced the news, confirming in a statement : ‘We’re so in love. Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl’. 

Three days after the birth, Kim revealed that the couple had decided to call their newborn daughter Chicago.

 She shared a picture of the name, captioned with the date and time of the tot’s birth, plus her weight – 7lbs, 6oz.

She shared a post which explains how to pronounce the shortened version of Chicago’s name.

 The informative messages said: ‘And to everyone who thinks it’s literally pronounced as CHI. No. It’s ‘Shy’.’

When grilled on the unusual name: ‘Everyone asks me where we came up with that,’ Kim said about her baby girl, whom she regularly calls ‘Chi.

‘Kanye is originally from Chicago, and the city is really connected to his memory of his mom. So, we went with Chicago.’ 

2019: The brood continues to grow and Sunday Service arrives 

In May, they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows

In May, they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows 

In May,  they then welcomed another son Psalm West by a surrogate and later renewed their wedding vows.

She announced Psalm’s arrival on Mother’s Day with a picture of the baby asleep. 

Kris later explained what the name meant, saying: ‘The inspiration was the Book of Psalms in the Bible. I think it’s just a wonderful way to celebrate how they feel. And he’s such a blessing, so it’s perfect. He’s just adorable.’ 

Kim had spoken earlier about moving on to having four children.

She said: ‘I think that, [for] anyone that has three, I do recommend going for the fourth. You’re already there. You’re so close. It feels so balanced. It feels like there’s a partner for everyone—no one’s left out. Everyone gets along now.’

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye’s Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019.

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye's Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019

The biblical name came around the same time as the launch of Kanye’s Sunday Service, in which he delivered his own religious service each Sunday at his home since the beginning of 2019

Kim discussed the services and detailed what they meant to Kanye, saying: ”Kanye started this, I think, just to heal himself. It was a really personal thing, and it was just friends and family…

‘He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ…

‘For the most part, it’s just a musical ministry. Kanye doesn’t have his 501 [registered non-profit exempt from federal tax] yet to make it an official church, but it is for God and it is a Christian church. It started off healing for him and it’s become something that he really wants to share for everybody else.’ 

Kanye himself spoke about Sunday Service, telling David Letterman: ‘It was really an idea that we had to open up our hearts and make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible… 

‘And just do it for an hour every Sunday. And just have somewhere where people can come together and just feel good with their families.’ 

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim - as well as Elon Musk - backed him

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim – as well as Elon Musk – backed him 

2020: Kanye’s troubles and Kim’s birthday

On July 4, Kanye announced he was entering the 2020 presidential race and Kim – as well as Elon Musk – backed him. 

Later that month, on July 19 he held a campaign rally in South Carolina, wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked ‘security’ and with ‘2020’ shaved into his head. 

In a rambling speech, he revealed he and Kim had considered aborting North and also claimed abolitionist Harriet Tubman ‘never actually freed the slaves’. 

On July 22, he fired off a series of tweets claiming Kim was trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, that he had been ‘trying to get divorced’ since Kim allegedly met rapper Meek Mill at the Waldorf Hotel and called mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’. 

Kim subsequently released a statement saying Kanye was suffering a bi-polar episode at the time. It was later revealed he was holing up at his Wyoming ranch and Kim was seen in tears as she visited him,

In October, Kim and Kanye through the stunner an elaborate 40th birthday festivities, which included dinner at candlelight with her nearest and dearest on a private island. 

After the event, Kim shed light on some of the precautions she had everyone take in order to safely celebrate her big day, which included a two week quarantine prior to the party. 

She penned: ’40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter,’ she wrote.

Virtual: Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West , in celebration of her 40th birthday

Virtual: Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West , in celebration of her 40th birthday 

‘For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment…

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more.

‘I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40.’

During the trip, she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye

Famed attorney Robert Kardashian, who tragically passed away from esophageal cancer in July of 2003 at the age of 59, was brought back to virtual life for the unconventional gift, which a number of fans have branded ‘creepy’.

Among the statements made by the virtual incarnation of the late Kardashian patriarch were that his famous daughter was ‘all grown up’, while he also hailed Kanye, 43, as ‘the most genius man in the whole world’.

The two-and-a-half minute video showed the late Kardashian wearing a beige suit jacket layered over a crisp white dress shirt as he seemingly spoke directly to Kim.

‘Happy Birthday Kimberly,’ greeted the hologram. ‘Look at you! You’re 40 and all grown up. You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl. ‘I watch over you and your sisters and brother and the kids everyday. Sometimes I drop hints that I’m around,’ noted hologram Robert, who made reference to something the Kardashians refer to as a ‘big peefee’.

2021: The end? 

The couple have been rocked by claims that their six-year marriage is over, with sources saying ‘divorce is imminent’ for the power couple.

Several sources have claimed that Kim is preparing to file for divorce from her rapper husband while he is said to be fed up with the whole Kardashian clan.  

The rumors of a split follow a rocky year for the couple where they were spotted having ‘crisis’ talks after Kanye accused Kim of trying to ‘lock me up’ and said he wanted to divorce her in a series of rambling Twitter posts while he was said to be in the grips of a bipolar episode. 

Kanye also made a failed run for the White House in 2020 and during his first presidential campaign rally told attendees that Kim had considered aborting daughter North. 

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