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  1. Hello! I followed the advice and did not respond, predictably I received another letter. The letter says that since I have not paid, they "could now take steps to prepare a County court claim against me for recovery". They say the claim "can be prepared in 14 days after the date of this letter", and that they would then pass the claim to their Solicitor for issue, which would entitle their client to claim interest under the County courts act 1984 at the rate of 8%, in addition to 85 pounds of court fees and Solicitor's costs. They then say if a claim is issued and I don't pay, the client could apply for a judgement against me, which, if unpaid, could affect my credit rating for 6 years. (I think I read somewhere on the forum that credit ratings did not take gyms into account due to the shadiness of their practices, but I could be wrong). They conclude saying how I can pay and telling me I should seek advice from the debt advice organisations they reference, which I'm pretty much assuming to be them. What's the best course of action? Ignorance still? Thank you for your help
  2. Hi Slick Thanks for your very detailed response. My roommate is staying for a while so I'll be updated, I will let you know how it evolves. Thank you!
  3. Thanks for your input Slick 132 It was in July 2016, Gymbox. I am in France now.
  4. Hi people from the forum, I am in a situation where I would appreciate assistance. I am not a native speaker so apologies in advance for any mistake that might be in there! I got into a one-year contract with a gym in July, consisting of monthly payments of 60 pounds; in October I was accepted in a masters degree (which I had not applied for at the time I registered at the gym) in a foreign country. I enrolled and left the UK, but I left my bank account open and there was some money on it, I did not hear from the gym until January, when it turns out the money had been depleted and they had been unable to collect payment. I immediately contacted the gym and asked if I could cancel on the grounds that I now didn't have a job anymore (I had one prior to my enrollment but obviously had to quit) and wasn't even in the UK. I assumed this would be valid as an unforeseen change of circumstances. The person asked me for proof that I did not work anymore, so I directed her to my former HR. I did not hear back so I assumed everything was well, and I stopped the debit from my account. Two months later, another representative from the gym contacted me, notifying me that I owed two months. I referred him to my prior emails, and he showed me an email the first person had sent me, which I had not seen, where she stated that since I had quit and had not been fired, I still owed the money. I re-explained my situation, that I had no income now and was living in a different country, and the guy told me he understood, that he would put a note on my account and that I should notify him of when I would be able to make payment again. I told him next October (as my masters will be finished and I will have a job -hopefully), and thanked him for his understanding. I assumed everything was fine. Then last week my former roommate told me I had received a letter from ARC Europe (I asked her to open it in case it might be something administrative I had overlooked). Though I am two months late (120 pounds) and have gotten an email from the guy at the Gym that I would be able to resume payment later, a "J. Turner" requests I pay 299 pounds within ten days or he may go to court. Now I know this is more or less typical behavior from solicitors, but I don't really understand why they would come after me after the guy at the Gym emailed that I was fine, and why they'd ask for 299 pounds. What do you think of this situation? What is my best course of action, considering I will probably not be coming back to the UK in the near future, even after my masters? Thank you!
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