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  1. Hi, My Amex card account has been showing status of "delinquent" for a couple of years. I have other cards and loans which all defaulted in 2018/2019. The Amex card has just changed to "default" this month, meaning it's still going to show on my credit report for a couple of years after everything else has dropped off? Anything I can do about this, to get the default date amended - technically it should have defaulted at the same time as the others. Cheers
  2. I have a number of cards and personal loans that began defaulting 2-3 years ago. However, my AMEX card appears to show as "delinquent" on my credit file. Does this mean it could potential remain in this status for ever (unless paid) or will it disappear along with other defaulted accounts after 6 years? I make a token £10 payment monthly. And I am being chased by a debt collector, although it doesn't appear that the debt has been sold. Can I request/force them to default the account? Any help appreciated.
  3. Thanks for posting Thorgan. When you say your friends looked into this - do you mean that they communicated or negotiated with the law firms? Or did they just ignore? I hadn't considered that they might be purchasing data for this, very interesting.
  4. Thanks Andy - can I ask why you suggest that you would write to Buckles? My feeling is more like Bankfodder suggests - don't respond. Surely by opening communications that will give them a bite, and they will then push for an offer of payment or an arrangement - whatever their next step is? Or, are you suggesting that to push back and ask for details of court action etc that will put them off as those things possibly/probably haven't happened? cheers
  5. Thanks for everyone's input so far. What seems clear to me from further digging is that nothing is very clear! I can't seem to find out what the result was for the couple in Wiltshire who had their UK home under threat in 2010. There have been cases in Courts in both Spain and Portugal where the Courts ruled that the return of the property is enough to extinguish the loan, rather than the individual remaining forever liable. These may have been overturned in higher Courts though. And various other cases have challenged the notion of various unfair terms in Spanish mortgage contracts, which don't sit well with EU Consumer Protection rules. What I would have expected would have been this site and others to be full of people in a state of panic asking for help and advice, but that doesn't seem to be the case as dx100uk noted. Out of 400,000 repossessed properties in Spain in the aftermath of the banking crash, a fair proportion of them would have been Brits - tens of thousands at least I would guess. Which does make me feel more that the letter is a fishing exercise to begin with, to try and make some payment arrangements with people. I think the legal process might be lengthy and costly in Spain, and without guarantee of success, so they will try for some low hanging fruit and some scare tactics. My other thought is that maybe not all the lenders are doing this, perhaps this is the start of a push by Sabadell that will be followed by others. Do they think that things will get more difficult after Brexit? Or is it an effort to claw back some cash before the debts become statute barred? I shall keep digging.
  6. I was able to convert the PDf and paste below. We act on behalf of Banco de Sabadell S.A. (Banco Sabadell) in relation to the recovery of monies owed by you to Banco Sabadell. On xx.xx.xx you entered into a loan agreement with Banco Sabadell. You have failed to make repayments in respect of the loan. Banco Sabadell has commenced proceedings in Spain to recover the debt of more than xx,xxx owed by you. It is now essential that you take immediate steps to bring your account up to date as a matter of urgency. Whilst Banco Sabadell understands that your failure to make payments may have been an oversight on your part. clearly it is now essential that you take immediate steps to address these outstanding issues as a matter of urgency. It is very important that vou bring your account up to date without delay. You have three options: 1. You may repay in full the amount due to Banco Sabadell by contacting Banco Sabadell for an up to date balance and transferring the same to your Banco Sabadell account . 2. Alternatively, you may contact Ms Maria Martin of this office by telephone on +44 (0)1733 888885 and by email at [email protected] to discuss how you will be settling your liability to Banco Sabadell. If you are able to show that you cannot repay your total debt at one time but wish to avoid continued legal proceedings and the consequences of such action, Banco Sabadell may be prepared to consider alternative options, to be decided on the basis of your circumstances. Please note that these alternative options will only be made available to you if you are able to satisfy Banco Sabadell that you are not able to bring your account up to date in fully Further and in any event, these options will only be made available to you provided we are contacted with proposals by 28/11/2018 and, as a result of all information available to Banco Sabadell, the option is approved, If we are contacted after that date the options set out above may no longer be available. 3, You may take no further action, in the event that by 28/11/2018 you fail either to repay the debt in full, or to respond to this letter, in addition to proceedings that have already been issued against you in Spain. Banco Sabadell will pursue vigorously in the UK all recovery options available to it, which will include a claim for interest and an legal costs incurred in recovery Of the debt and may extend to Banco Sabadell applying for a charging order to be registered against any property that you may own in the UK, or petitioning for your bankruptcy. Any debt may be recovered from you in the UK either by Banco Sabadell, or by any third party who may purchase the debt from Banco Sabadell in the future. In the event that a charging order is registered against your UK property your credit rating will be affected negatively, resulting in your successful application for any credit becoming far more difficult. In any event if you do not respond to this letter by 28/11/2018 then Banco Sabadell will report to the UK credit agencies Equifax and Experian your failure to make payments under the terms of your personal loan agreement .Again, this will have a negative effect on your credit rating. Your debt to Banco Sabadell will remain on your credit file until Banco Sabädell provides you with a certificate confirming that your liability to Banco Sabadell has been settled. If you do contact us with a view to settling your liability as set out above, Banco Sabadell will not report the debt to the UK credit agencies immediately. if you are able to reach agreement With Banco Sabadell as to the repayment of your debt then Banco Sabadell will not report your debt the UK credit agencies at all. On the making of a bankruptcy order there are a number of wide ranging consequences. All of your assets will vest in your Trustee in Bankruptcy. In particular your interest in any property in the uk and elsewhere wilt transfer automatically to your Trustee in Bankruptcy and will be realised, by way of sale, for the benefit of your creditors. In the event that you do not cooperate with your Trustee in Bankruptcy to facilitate a voluntary sale of the property, the Trustee will apply to court for an order for possession and sale of your properties, including your home in the UK. In most cases. this will Page 2 of 3 occur upon the expiry of a 12 month period from the date of the making of the bankruptcy order. whereupon the interests of creditors will become paramount and outweigh all other considerations. Clearly there is a considerable amount of information contained within this letter and it would be open to you to seek independent legal advice. If there is any reason why you believe this debt is not payable, we request that you inform us in writing immediately. In the event that by 28/11/2018 you fail either to repay the debt in full, or to respond to this letter, Banco Sabadell will pursue vigourously all recovery options available to it, which will include a claim for interest and all legal costs incurred in recovery of any debt owed. Please contact Ms xxxx xxxxx immediately on xxxxxxx or email xxxxxxxxx to let us know what steps you will be taking to resolve this matter. Yours faithfully Buckles Solicitors LLP
  7. Thanks for the replies, but the Scudamore link posted by Andy states :- "Accordingly, the limitation period for actions for breach of contract which arose before 7 October 2015 will still be 15 years, but 5 years for those arising after that date." So if the breach was the default in 2008, wouldn't the limit be 2023?
  8. Hi, does anyone have any experience with EEO's? We gave the keys to a Spanish property back to the bank at the height of the crash in 2008, came back to the UK and started to rebuild, and didn't think much about it again - a "live and learn" experience. We have just had a letter from some UK lawyers acting on behalf of Banco Sabadell, with what seems to be a fairly generic letter, with a few details and some slightly strange language like "Banco Sabadell understands that your failure to make payments may have been an oversight on your part" - a 10 year oversight! They are claiming 85,000 euros which we assume is the mortgage, less proceeds of auction, plus various costs and interest. Letter gives us 2 weeks to repay in full, or respond to letter, to avoid "continued legal proceedings". The letter then suggests they may make a charging order against our UK property - "your credit rating will be affected negatively" They also suggest they will report the debt to UK credit agencies. Come to an agreement with Sabadell to repay the debt and they won't report anything to the credit agencies. And lastly they would seek a bankruptcy order to force a sale of any properties in order to recover the debt. I have read some slightly worrying things about European Enforcement Orders and how they can supposedly be used to carry out a judgement in another country in the UK without any appeal or legal intervention in the UK, providing the case in Spain was uncontested. Statutes of limitation don't seem to apply, due to (possibly unfair) contract terms in many Spanish mortgages. So, my understanding is that if the Spanish lender was granted an EEO that was uncontested, they could seek to recover debts originating in Spain by making charges against an individual's assets in the UK, including other property. I read a news clipping from 2010 where it seemed that this was happening to a couple from Wiltshire, but I can't find the result of that case. And I'm struggling to find any more examples since then. The letter seems speculative, and possibly designed to scare people into coming to payment arrangements, particularly if a number of years down the line there are people who have built up some equity again. But, it does mention an ability to make charges against assets, without mentioning any specific legal processes, which must mean an EEO, so it is slightly concerning. The irony of the Spanish banks all being complicit in inflating the property bubble and lending to anyone with a pulse, and then being bailed out is not lost on me..... cheers
  9. I had no idea that the day/night switcheroo was a thing. I have now dared to have a look at the revised bill on my account, all 26 pages of it. I always find these bills a bit difficult to follow, but it appears that since 2013 they have credited an amount off each bill, and introduced a revised amount, which all add up to the total that they are asking me to pay. I'm certain that the first person that I spoke to in customer services, who instigated the investigation/complaint on my behalf, told me that I need not worry as I wouldn't have to pay for their error. And another CS individual advised me at a later date that I wouldn't have to pay for anything older than 12 months. It certainly looks to me as if they are billing me since 2013.
  10. Most of the debts are still with the OC. A couple are being handled through DCA's but I am not sure if they have been sold or if they are acting for the OC as a client? Will any correspondence be specific about this? Nothing is showing on file as defaulted, although one or two, such as MBNA are saying I've missed 5 or 6 payments now. I have paid them something, just not the requested amounts.
  11. It's with Scottish and Southern - SSE. They had the meter readings the wrong way round for some reason, and every time a reading was taken they fudged it at their end to produce our bills and estimates. This had been going on since before we moved in 6 years ago. I had got a bit behind with monthly payments and thought I had arrears of about £800. When I called them my meter readings made no sense to the agent so she went off and started an investigation. When this concluded they gave me the good news that they had been doing it incorrectly and were writing off £10k of historic charges - dating back God knows how long. The bad news is that they weren't writing off about £5k worth of more recent charges. We live in a draughty old farm and have pretty high usage with the animals and outbuildings. Other debts I have detailed on another thread a few months back. Basically a bunch of unsecured loans, credit and storecards, about £30k worth.
  12. I've been writing to and arranging plans with other creditors for several months. I hadn't had a meter reading for some time and my electricity supplier have just presented me with a large bill. So it seems my regular electricity payment hasn't been enough to cover our usage, so I need to increase that, but also now need to deal with the arrears. Is this now a priority debt? Do I write to other creditors and reduce my payments to them? cheers
  13. After submitting income and expenditure form, I have a lender asking for 2 months bank statements "to validate the information on the income and expenditure form" "We would require this information in order to agree a potential reduced repayment plan." Am I under any obligation to provide this?
  14. I arrived home earlier this week to find a Marston agent sitting in his car across my gate. He had a warrant and was collecting £393 for an old speeding fine that I knew I had finished paying off, and told him so. Usual intimidation, he was only acting on the info he had. I should pay the fine now and then appeal it. He'd already filled out the form for the next stage which would mean another £600. He said he had a team "following him around" to seize goods, which they would do the same evening. So I coughed up the £393. Then I emailed the Court who had issued the fine and warrant. They replied today that it had been issued and enforced in error, and that Marston had been emailed and instructed to refund my money. Whilst I feel somewhat vindicated, is there anything I can do to complain and escalate this. Does it do any good? Will anyone compensate me, or even apologise? cheers
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