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    Default pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Hi all

    I'm sorry for being so dramatic and depressing but I had to air this somewhere and a site so full of people who are knowledgable and helpful just seemed ideal.

    My partner and I are in around 5k of debt plus a managed loan in my name only which I am hoping to dispute. We are on a debt management plan with payplan, and are paying 130 pm to cover all debts, as we are on a small income, partner works but i am on maternity leave with one child and one on the way.

    The thing that is getting me down is the way we are treated by all these debt collectionicon companaies, I am dying to get shot of them, and i guess my question is this, is there anyway of paying less then the total balance? Settlement figures that they must adhere to, basically anything you can advise at all i would be grateful of.

    Thanks for reading

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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    read thru some of the threads and when you have got yourself up to speed send a consumer crediticon Act 1974 request (copy in the libraryicon thread) along with a 1 cheque or postal order to each of the companies that you have a loan or debt with. you will then be able to see if they have a right to collect these debt and it may give you some bargaining power with them. when you send them , they have 12 working days after receipt of this request to supply the agreement. post back here when you've done this or with any more questions.


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    hi there ecobabe, thanks a lot for your help, i will take your advice and post back as soon as its done, maybe you could keep me right that im going about things correctly, do i post these requests to debt collectorsicon also, like moorcroft and wescot? i really appreciate the help, ty


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Send letters to anyone who is pursuing you to make sure they actually have the legal powder and shot to collect the debt. They'll need to at least supply copies of the original credit agreements plus a full breakdown of all charges. Most of the time debt collectorsicon can't supply documents and will just go away when you call their bluff (I've got about 90k worth of defaults and so far it looks as though I'll end up having to pay less than 4k).


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    hi there payingonlyencouragesthem -

    by the way i love your name lol certainly made me smile!!

    thats amazing you have got your debt so far down!! we have nearly 6k plus a managed loan with hsbc of 2k.

    About the loan to hsbc - i feel i was forced into it under duress, is there a method of disputing its legitimissy, im sorry i am useless at spelling lol.

    i have claimed back my bank charges, accepted 80 less then i was claiming as its coming up to xmas and my baby being due, so im waiting for my 1255 cheque - woohoo!!


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    just send the cca to hsbc same as the rest and wait and see.


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    That name is a very sound piece of advice in the unsecured debt market:grin: However if you own your home you should tread carefully as DCAicon's have recently got more feisty with going after charging orders. 130 a month? What a waste!!! If you left it and let them take you to court (very low probability scenario) a judge would almost certainly order lower payments than this as well as being pretty p'd off at some greedy bank dragging a hard up mum-to-be into court. I would try a little experiment just for fun - stop paying all these people and totally ignore them. It sounds totally wrong and unethical I know but a bank with multi billion profits bullying people like you into financial hardship is infinitely worse.


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    i dont own my own home, so im ok from that point of view. my partner works full time but on a low wage so we dont have that much really. the 130 pm is to send payment to all creditors, and even at that some are ok with it others arent. to name a few its barclaycard, halifaxicon CC, capital one, reliable collections, ge capital, argos which is now moorcroft. and of course hsbc managed loan.ill get the letters sent off and deffo keep in touch on here and see what happens. even if it cancelled one debt it would be amazing!! the way they think they can talk to you makes me sick!!!


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    im sorry its me again lol

    about a week ago i went to the cit advice bureau to ask some advice on the validity of my managed loan with hsbc. they had no idea what to say to me about it lol they said all they could do while it was looked into was write to the bank asking them for a copy of the agreement signed by myself. what i wanted to know, is this the same thing as i will be requesting for the 1 fee and the letter i am planning to send on monday? if so, do i carry on and send it or do i want to see what happens with the CAB?


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Hi Helz
    It would be a similar request but I dont think it will be a CCA it will be a letter on your behalf
    For the CCA to be active it has to have with it 1 did CAB mention this or ask for it?
    Any action from yourself always shows you are active in resolving these accounts it all very good on your part. Especailly If you ever needed to present the whole picture in your defence.

    If you are still worried regarding the letter i would ring CAB ask what they think im sure they won't mind. They have thier hands full lately

    Good Luck
    BL


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    Smile Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Hi there. Am sorry you are having such a stressful time. I have had several debt collectionicon companies pursue me over the years. What has always worked for me was to send in a breakdown of income and outgoings (making sure that my outgoings were inflated somewhat) and offer a token payment, providing they agreed to freeze all interest charges to the account. This has always been agreed by them.

    I have never said to anyone that I own my own home, but simply listed mortgageicon or rent as "housing costs". No-one has ever pressed me for evidence, so I have never offered any. I also make sure that outgoings for buildings insurance are never included, only contents. I never say that I own a car and so car insurance is not included in my figures either.

    You say that you are approx. 6,000 in debt? I currently have one debt that stands at just under 5,000 with a debt collection company and they have been accepting 15 a month from me for the past 3 years - no interest. I don't get hassled by them and every so often, they contact me with a view to increase payments to 20. I simply write back and say that I can't afford it, but promise to maintain existing payments. I never 'phone.

    Providing you maintain the agreed payments, there is nothing they can do about it, because you are not a non-payer. As long as you pay something, then they will be wasting their time taking you to court and won't. If you do not own your own home, then there is nothing for them to pursue you for because they cannot put a charge on anything. If you do own your own home, then don't tell them - you are not in court and therefore, are not legally obliged to tell them ! If it takes years to pay off, then so be it. They are usually keen to accept a reduced settlement figure on the debt eventually anyway, somewhere down the line.

    Write and explain that you can no longer afford your current payments - they are way too high ! Enclose a cheque for a much smaller, reduced sum and offer it. Take time with your income/outgoings list and think carefully about the information that you wish to include and make the same small payment every month whether they reply or not, so that they cannot accuse you of non-payment. They are unlikely to pressurise you into higher payments in writing - only over the 'phone, so don't phone.

    I hope that you have a good pregnancy. Try not to worry. The future is bright.


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    hi there priorityone, thanks for taking the time to reply, i feel so much better that we are not the only ones going through this.

    my main worry really is debt collectorsicon coming to the door that would scare me sooo much. we dont own our home, we have a car but only an L reg ford escort so nothing fancy.

    ill deffo keep this thread updated when i get any kind of response to my letters


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Quote Originally Posted by payingonlyencouragesthem View Post
    Send letters to anyone who is pursuing you to make sure they actually have the legal powder and shot to collect the debt. They'll need to at least supply copies of the original credit agreements plus a full breakdown of all charges. Most of the time debt collectorsicon can't supply documents and will just go away when you call their bluff (I've got about 90k worth of defaults and so far it looks as though I'll end up having to pay less than 4k).

    The rules on the storage and filing of this information was reinforced in mid 2005.
    While it is correct to say that they are unlikely to have paperwork in some cases,there is a greater probability that post mid 2005 they could have access to them.
    Debts these days are sold on with the details on software.The Dcas that have in the past been able to supply CCA information is quite well known...as are the ones who never comply because they are unable to.

    Have a happy and prosperous 2013 by avoiiding Payday loans. If you are sent a private message directing you for advice or support with your issues to another website,this is your choice.Before you decide,consider the users here who have already offered help and support.
    Advice offered by Martin3030 is not supported by any legal training or qualification.Members are advised to use the services of fully insured legal professionals when needed.






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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    i know nothng about which ones are likely to have it and which ones not, as i have only known about this law for 24 hours

    all i can do is send my letters and get my fingers crossed till i get some replies! if i post recorded 1st class monday morning, they have until 2 weeks thursday, am i right?


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    Hi again,

    In my experience, debt collectorsicon will not come to the door unless you pay absolutely nothing at all, so don't worry. That is why it is vital that you pay something, however small and keep a record of those payments every month. Keep smiling...


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    Default Re: pregnant, confused and feeling so down :(

    ok, that helps, thank you


  17. #17

    Default Unsure what to do - lots of debts.....

    im sending a CCA Requesticon to all creditors, and 2 accounts are with the same company, can i put this under one letter and pay the 1 once, or do i need to send seperate requests?


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    Default Re: quick question -cca

    Seperate requests helznpeanut and remember to send them recorded delivery as they could easily deny ever getting them like some do.


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    Default Re: quick question -cca

    ok, just thought id check lol, thanks very much


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    Default i may be confused but can i clear this up?

    with the debts i have with DCAicon's, the company in question sent me defaults, then i recieved letters from dca saying you owe us x on an account with 'whoever'. there was no letter from company telling me who the debt was sold to, and there was no default notice sent to me from the dca.

    is this normal, or are they in the wrong with this?


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