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  1. Hi there, we have just taken on a small holding, the national grid have run power to the barn from the station...however at this moment in time there is no meter..am I right in thinking that the meter will be fitted by the electricity company that we decide to use?? and also could you give me a rough idea of price or is it free if we are going to be using them as our energy supplier?? thanks in advance for any help
  2. Hi there, I was in a very similar situation to yourself...I followed the advice given on here, and it worked, the bailifs gave up and it was returned to the court, where I continued to make payments to them 1.get a stat dec and keep several copies, post one by recorded delivery to Marstons. 2.keep making your affordable repayments to the court via the online payment system..if not keep your payments to the side, so when it is returned to court you can make any missed payments [which will show your willingness to pay] 3.keep all doors and windows locked at all times. 4.do not answer the door to the bailifs, simply hand a copy of your stat dec through the letterbox, and do not enter into dialogue with them [no matter what they say or threaten] 5.it will take time, but IT WILL get returned to the court. have faith, the advice on here is first class and invaluable..on a couple of times I nearly buckled and paid...but was reassured to hold tight, and it paid off....if you want any further advice drop me a pm S
  3. Hi Davidcl...In the end I guess you could say I won, I stood my ground, refused to enter into verbal dialogue with the bailiffs and in the end it was returned to court where I was able to continue making my payments
  4. she has been in communication by phone, and thoroughly explained the situation, although sympathetic they say she is liable as the tenancy was in her name, she really wants to avoid a meter to pay back the debt, so is going to set up an affordable direct debit i believe, however they want her to send a copy of the tenancy so they can transfer the bill and account to her name.
  5. Hi there, After the help from the caggers sorting out some of my own issues I thought I would seek advice for a friend... She moved into a council house with her partner approx four years ago, the tenancy is in her name....at some point they switched power suppliers to Npower and the account was in her partners name...the electric was on a meter so no issues there, but the gas was on a quarterly bill, un be-known to my friend her partner was not paying the gas bill, and it wasn't until she split from him and she received a letter from Npower was she aware of the problem, she has since switched her electric supplier for a better offer and despite trying to explain the situation to Npower they are refusing to listen and demanding the money from her, she has just been offered a payment gas meter from them, but as i'm sure you are aware they will no doubt take more than she can afford and with young children in the house, heating could become a problem for her...just wondered where she stands?? is the debt hers as the tenancy is in her name or with her ex?? what steps should she take to get this resolved?? cheers
  6. Hi there, After the help from the caggers sorting out some of my own issues I thought I would seek advice for a friend... She moved into a council house with her partner approx four years ago, the tenancy is in her name....at some point they switched power suppliers to Npower and the account was in her partners name...the electric was on a meter so no issues there, but the gas was on a quarterly bill, un be-known to my friend her partner was not paying the gas bill, and it wasn't until she split from him and she received a letter from Npower was she aware of the problem, she has since switched her electric supplier for a better offer and despite trying to explain the situation to Npower they are refusing to listen and demanding the money from her, she has just been offered a payment gas meter from them, but as i'm sure you are aware they will no doubt take more than she can afford and with young children in the house, heating could become a problem for her...just wondered where she stands?? is the debt hers as the tenancy is in her name or with her ex?? what steps should she take to get this resolved?? cheers
  7. a lot of it is down to the good people on this site...without their help I would have duly rolled over and paid whatever they were requesting...I just hope my stories will give others encouragement to fight on and not be pushed around
  8. most definitely!!! but who?? I can quite easily see how the actions of some of these bailiffs could worry someone into the grave...I consider myself to be of a strong disposition...but all the grief and hassle I received from the bailiff's was so stressful and worrying!!
  9. As you currently live with parent in-laws get them to make a stat declaration and get it witnessed / signed by a solicitors usually cost £5-10 my partners cost a fiver...as below STATUTORY DECLARATION I, name Address Make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1835: All items contained within the property at the above address and within its boundaries, are owned by Mr/Mrs xxxxxxx. There are no items within the property or its boundaries belonging to any other person. I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835, and I believe that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular. Signed: Declared at: on: of 2011 Before me, Signature: Full Name: Qualification: Address:
  10. i went through almost exactly the same scenario as your friend even to the point of a formal complaint to the CEO of the council, even then first time round all the council done was pass my complaint to the bailiff firm...It took a second follow up letter titled unsatisfactory handling of complaint before the case was seriously looked at and dealt with, with them owing me the over charges
  11. I thought I would share my experience of dealing with Marston and Equita, and how I had a victory over them with the help of the caggers so as to give encouragement to others who find themselves in the predicament of having to deal with bailiffs!! I'll start with Equita...after moving i ended up probably 2 years later with a letter from Equita regarding unpaid council tax, OK fair enough I owed it, so being naive at the time I entered into an agreement with the bailiff accepting their additional charges as par for the course...I paid my monthly payment for what seemed like an eternity, and I started to get the feeling I had more then paid back what I owed, so when I started to question Equita they would avoid giving me any figures...in the mean time the threats of removal of goods and adding more charges continued....after finding this site and posting my problem I was given some sound advice, firstly the stat declaration by my partner as to whom the goods in the house belonged to, then they gave me letter templates to start questioning Equita and requesting information I was entitled to...I sent the letters by email and recorded delivery...this back and forth of letters went on for about 8 months with Equita still swerving the questions asked and failing to provide the information required whilst trying to tell me their charges were justified and within the law....following this stalemate the caggers drafted me up letters to make a formal complaint to the head of the council, again this was done via email and recorded delivery...I was told that the matter would be investigated....a while later the letters started from Equita again, and it would appear that the council had just passed my complaint to Equita!!! so now right ****ed off I wrote a second letter titled unsatisfactory handling of my complaint stating that the council had simply passed my complaint to the company I was complaining about and that all the points I wanted clarification on and information requested had still not been received....about 2 weeks later I received a formal apology from the council, it would also appear that I had indeed paid far more than I should have and I was told that the charges would be removed and money I had overpaid would be returned...HAPPY DAYS. I came so close to giving in and just paying on so many occasions but thanks to the support of the caggers I fought on and won...so don't be disheartened and don't give up..persevere and you can win as well!!! Now to Marstons: I have been paying off some court fines for ages, and it was my own fault that I simply forgot to pay for 2 months, as soon as I realised I caught up the payments, but alas it had been passed to Marstons...I first realised when i got a hand delivered letter adding £275 to the account!!! and demanding payment in full etc etc...I consulted CAG again and listened to the advice..sent off my partners stat declaration by recorded mail, and then awaited..I received a letter saying my letter had been passed to the bailiff and I should speak to him direct..I didn't and followed the advice of the caggers and refused to enter into any dialogue and sat back and awaited the knock on the door armed with another copy of the stat dec and a letter to the bailiff offering an affordable payment and another letter for them to sign saying they wouldn't accept my offer!! unfortunately our paths never crossed as they came when we were out...I stuck it out and sure enough as I was advised the account was returned to the court minus all their added charges oddly enough lol So this is for any of you out their finding themselves in a situation involving the bailiff's...listen to the advice given and follow it to the letter and you might just find yourself having a small victory like mine. special thanks to wonkeydonkey, ploddertom, hallowitch, tomtubby and anyone else I have missed out..my life is again back to normal and I genuinely feel like a weight has been lifted. Thank you
  12. I received the appeal pack today, I have been told I have grounds to appeal as i was unfairly fined for a speeding offence....I accepted the 3 points and £60 fine, sent off my licence etc next thing i know I get a court date...I contacted the court stating I had sent off payment etc with my licence...i spoke to the local speeding fines office who also had no record of it, but did say it might have got lost while they were moving offices...I spoke to the court explaining the situation, and they told me to put all the relevant info an email, which i did....yet on the day of the hearing they gave me a £270 fine!!! bit unfair as i had accepted the £60 fine and it wasn't my fault they didn't receive my documents and payment. what i received is an application for leave to appeal out of time to the crown court... seems a lot to fill in, quite long winded and complicated :s
  13. Hi WonkeyDonkey, Would like to say a big thank you for all your help and advice, and the encouragement to stay firm when they applied the pressure, on several occasions I nearly folded and agreed to meet their demands, but your words of advice really helped...Today I received a letter from the court demanding payment of my fines in full [Marstons have obviously had the account returned to them following my partners stat deceleration and my refusal to communicate with them] I phoned them up and explained my situation and they have agreed an affordable payment plan over the phone, They also recalled the other fine from Marstons as they said I had grounds for appeal and will be sending me out an appeal pack!! so happy happy days....another small victory over the thieving bailiffs!! and all the charges that Marston added were not on the account neither. Would like to say thanks again to all those that helped and advised....and to other people facing bailiff problems, listen and follow the advice given and YOU CAN beat them. Thank you so much for your help
  14. Thank you WD, your inbox is full by the way so cannot reply at moment..many thanks again
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