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  1. Hey CAG, Posting on behalf of a friend. In short she doesn't have a tv licence as doesn't watch live tv only netflix. However her young daughter downloaded BBC iplayer on her tablet and signed up and gave her mums post code etc and obviously must of said she had a TV licence. Fast forward a few weeks and my friend gets an email that says "Our records show you've used BBC iplayer on a number of occasions in recent weeks. As your no licence need status is now invalid you need to buy a TV licence" and gives her a link to buy. Does she need to buy one, her daughter being on early teens did not know her mum needed a TV licence. Anything she can do?
  2. Does anyone have experience of challenging the 20% discount repayment for Right to Buy terms with a local council in the final six months of the five year no move rule. There is a proviso written in the contract that says in exceptional circumstances they will waive this. Would anyone know what these exceptional circumstances might be, or if there has been a successful challenge. I have been told it would be too costly to ask and I would be unsuccessful if I engaged a solicitor to do this hence my post to clarify this would be the case. Thanks in advance.
  3. what is the best pre paid credit card/debit card you can buy for online shopping for amounts less than £200 so to keep your finances in order and a limit on your online shopping? something you can buy from a newsagent without all the falaffle of appying online, whats good/bad?
  4. hi Long story - bought car 13/08/2018 2 weeks later lots of warning lights - car into AC who sent to Audi who advised needs ABS computer and part on back order - roughly 2k to 3.5k to fix AC have rung to say they're deciding whether they will just give me my money back. so my questions are? do they have a right to do that? I want that car, it took me ages to find it I'm in a hire car at the moment - I'm guessing will be better for them to put me in one of their vehicles so at least hire charges arent being added to their current bill Where do I stand legally - my rights. I've paid to have the car professionally polished, paid insurance, bought mats for it etc etc They're ringing me tomorrow but would love to know what rights I have Thanks in advance Gilly5001
  5. Hi all hope you can offer some advice. My wife signed up for a 6 month rent to buy scheme for a piano, after the 6 months we kept the payments going to cover the total cost of the piano, in fact we've paid over the total amount. This was agreed with the company. Were now getting calls, after 7pm mainly! asking for money, last call the guy even hung up on my wife, accusing us of not contacting them after the 6 months, which is completely untrue, we were always told they'll get this person to ring back. we have bank statements to prove payments but this seems to be falling on deaf ears. We have yet to get any kind of paperwork from these guys, apart from the initial rental agreement. Where do we stand? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hi all ... Hope this is the right place to post this. Having lost everything in the recession I then suffered a major breakdown and now have Complex PTSD and fibromalgia amongst other illnesses which are all getting worse. After two years of being homeless myself and my partner were given a council flat. Our neighbours are the local drug dealers and generally bad things happen daily. I now won't go out of the flat at all. I have a pension which I could cash in in 18 months and I wanted to do this and buy a small cheap house. I currently get PIP and my partner gets carers allowance and we get income support which I apparently claim for us both. I don't really understand it all as the CAB sorted it out for us. If I did cash in my pension and buy a house would our income support stop. Also would this affect my state pension when I get to retirement age. Someone told me that we wouldn't be entitled to pension credits. Thanking you in advance for any advice you can give.
  7. Hi This is from earlier this year but after seeing a lot of press around refunds I thought it was worth pursuing. My daughter had booked a flight with Flybe from our local airport Newquay to Gatwick to connect with a Malaysian airlines flight back to Australia. I dropped her off and she checked in. Her connecting flight was 1.35pm, so plenty of time to connect with the flight. The flight was meant to take off at 7.25am, but took off at 8.35am. It landed in Exeter as Gatwick airport was shut down due to fog. They sat around for 2 hours until they informed them that they had cancelled the flight and they would take them to Gatwick by coach. This journey took 5 hours. I called Malaysian airlines but I had to buy another flight. Flybe knew that Gatwick was closed and had they said that they couldn't get there we could have driven my daughter to Gatwick - it would have been a close call time wise but we could have made it. Can we get any compensation for this, any help much appreciated
  8. I have come across too many complaints about policies being cancelled, when claims have not been disclosed properly when buying Insurance online. The Insurers don't always check the CUE (claims & underwriting exchange) when you buy Insurance online. They then check the details you have disclosed against the CUE database, which is a central claims database used by Insurers. If the details don't match up the Insurers will come back either asking for extra money or to say they have cancelled the Insurance. If they cancel the Insurance, you may not get much notice of this. Insurers are supposed to issue a letter or sometimes email giving 7 days notice of cancellation. But sometimes this is not received or until after the 7 days. There is also the possibility that undeclared claims will not come to the Insurers attention, until you try to make a claim. If this happens, it could put you in a very difficult position. In some cases, the Insurers could void the policy from inception and not cover your claim. The advice is not to buy Insurance online, if you have any claims to declare. You can get some indicative quotes online putting the claims information you have in, but you should really phone companies to arrange the cover. Make sure you are giving accurate claims information and the Insurers are happy to arrange the cover. If you are in any doubt, about claims details, obtain them from your previous Insurers. They are sometimes listed on the renewal notices received. If in doubt speak to Insurers or a brokers. Do not arrange cover online, unless you are confident you have the accurate details to provide.
  9. Hi, I received my CCA from Aqua some time ago. For a while I thought that the CCA I received was actually for another account that I had also requested a CCA from. ...sometimes it gets confusing as you're no longer dealing with the familiar name but now various debt collection companies and the solicitors with unfamiliar refs! after realizing my mistake I sent in an offer of payment via email with my income/expenditure I was obviously too late two days later I received a court claim. I put in an acknowledgement to try to get a bit more time and see if I could arrange a payment plan with them. They replied to my email a few weeks later asking for my dob (which l then emailed back to them) as a security question to then proceed with email communication but I haven't heard back from them. Today is the last filing day for my defence but I really don't have one and as they've not responded to my last email what shall I do? Thanks PB
  10. The amount that CFO were claiming was £940 - Motormile are now claiming £32.67. I probably will pay this to bring the matter to a close. OUR REFERENCE: M4591793 CURRENT OUTSTANDING BALANCE: £32.67 Welcome to Motormile Finance UK Limited (MMF). Dear xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx We write to inform you the CFO Lending Limited was placed into administration on the 6th of April 2017. Paul Boyle and David Clements of Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency Limited, were appointed joint administrators and your CFO account 223644 has now been sold to Motormile Finance UK Limited (MMF). Click here to download your goodbye letter from CFO Lending, please note you will need to enter your date of birth. Whilst the conditions of your account will not change we are pleased to advise that, upon purchasing your account, we have removed any remaining interest, fees and charges from the original agreement. The balance noted above is therefore now your original loan amount less any payment you have already made to CFO Lending. We have allocated a new reference number (shown above). If you have more than one account with us, the customer reference number should now be used in all future correspondence or contact with us for all of your accounts. Please find a breakdown of the accounts you hold with us below: Original Lender Name Reference Amount Outstanding CFO Lending 223644 £32.67 The transfer assigns all of CFO's rights as the owner to Motormile Finance UK Limited. Your legal rights will not be affected by this transfer and future contact should be made directly to MMF. The effect of the legal assignment is that MMF now own the debt and perform all obligations as stated in your agreement, this includes the collection of any outstanding balance. We wish to ensure the smooth transition of your account to us and using our expertise, our intention is to understand your current financial position and agree a suitable repayment plan that is affordable based on your circumstances. You can securely manage your account online by visiting and follow our simple registration process. Alternatively, you can complete a payment mandate here and return to or to discuss your payment options please contact us on 0113 887 6876. If for any reason you believe any of the information we hold for you is incorrect, you should let us know immediately. Your statement of account will follow shortly, we look forward to hearing from you within the next 7 days. Yours sincerely Motormile Finance UK Limited (MMF) Please note: if you choose to communicate with MMF by email, unless otherwise advised by you, we will accept this as your consent to use your personal details to contact you by electronic means (email) with information about your account(s) which may include collections activity, negotiations and other services and products. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of consumer credit regulated agreements. MMF is the trading name of Motormile Finance UK Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 06637307. Our registered office is Protection House, 83 Bradford Road, Leeds LS28 6AT. EmailID:[3055189]
  11. In Paris they sell celery by weight. Not by the stick/bunch but by kilo. So what this means is that when people go to their supermarket, they break the ribbon holding the celery together, take out the nice succulent heart of the celery – you know, the bit that we all want and then take that to the till. The supermarket cashier simply weighs it and charges for the amount that has been taken. If you come along later on in the day, then all you have left is the big ugly green bits and the worms. This is how Parisians do it. Don't you wish you had one for a neighbour?
  12. Hello. Apologies if this is in the wrong place so feel free to move it. We gained the Right to Buy 16 years ago via a Deed of Assignment with my mother. She was informed that she would lose the Right to Buy and that we would gain it. We have the Deed of Assignment, the tenancy 'General Terms and Conditions' that confrim the above and in 2004 we began the process of buying our house. We received a from from the landlord confirming that we had the Right to Buy and they even evaulated the property. Although at the time we discovered that we could not get a mortgage so everything stopped. In 2007 we moved house. Same Housing Association. Another Deed of Assignment, this time with my father-in-law. He had the Right to Buy and so did we. We were inform that we would still retain the Right to Buy when we moved. Four weeks ago we began the process of purchasing our house again. The landlord is now stating that we do not have the Right to Buy as we were not tenants in 1998. They also quoted s171B of the Housing (Preservation of the Right to Buy) Regulation 1993. So, we sent in a complaint with all of the documents that we have confirming that we have the Right to Buy and reffered to this from said regulations: ‘Extent of preserved right: qualifying persons and dwelling-houses: 171B. (4) The following are qualifying successors for this purpose - (aa) where the former secure tenancy was not a joint tenancy, a member of the former secure tenant’s family to whom the former secure tenant assigned his assured tenancy of a dwelling-house in relation to which, immediately before the assignment, he had the preserved right to buy. ’ Following a phone conversation this morning I have been informed that even though they have this new information they still belive that we have no Right to Buy. They are stating that it was all a mistake and that the Housing Regulations can be interpreted in different ways. Any advice will help a lot? Regards, The Lion.
  13. I bought an Aqualisa electric shower and paid a lot to have it professionally fitted . Almost immediately, when switched on, water began gushing out of the back and down the wall. I looked online and found several postings, including one which explained this was due to a pressure relief valve opening and described how to fix it. Basically, you switch off the electricity, take off the cover, unscrew the valve (difficult) and push a plastic ball back into its tube and then reassemble. OK for a month then it happened again. I phoned Aqualisa customer services and asked for a fitter to repair it under the 2 year guarantee, which they did. Six weeks later same problem. This time customer services said they will make a total of 2 repair visits and thereafter, until the 2 year guarantee has expired, they will post you a new valve which you will have to fit yourself. So what happens after 2 years? You have to buy them and keep changing them yourself or you don't have a shower. It is clearly a design fault, but customer services say it isn't, and "it isn't part of the shower because it's a safety feature", even though it is inside the shower under the cover. What utter nonsense ! I now have a shower that fails every six weeks and the manufacturer won't honour the guarantee. I want my money back but don't know how to get it without spending even more money There are quite a lot of internet postings on Aqualisa electric showers describing exactly the same fault - take a look. Don't buy Aqualisa showers.
  14. Hi apologies if this is the wrong part of forum im posting in. i bought 45000 indian rupees in 500 and 1000 rupee denominations on ) Oct 13th last month. for my holiday in feb 2017 From TravelFX by Bank transfer (wish i'd paid by credit card now but they only accepted Bank transfers) then beginning of this month indian prime minister declares all 500 and 1000 in effect null and void. its nearly £550.00 worth and TravelFX wont buy them back. even though though they have a buy back policy. and now wont communicate with me any further even though i have been polite at all stages in communications with them. i stated to them that i should get a refund as a consumer under the sale of goods act, but they replied bureau de change transactions are not covered by the act. is this true im shocked if it is. ive explored all avenues in the uk with indian banks etc but nobody will take them so i believe my hope is to get the currency exchange to take them back and refund me. surely my purchase must be covered under some sort of consumer law. Any Help would be much appreciated and as with all help i've received in the past i will be making a donation to the forum
  15. hi i have had bayv for about 3 years now i rung them the other day to ask to return some furniture i have as i am moving and i dont need it at my new house, i just assmed because i had been paying it off for so long there would be no problems, well i was wrong they have refused to take them back because a fault i had reported to them and they were currenty trying to order the parts (i have been waiting for them to fix this for nearly a month) had not ben sorted and said they could not take them back unless they were in the condition they were sent in i am now stuck as i move in a few days and i literaly can not take them with me does anyone no what i can do thank you
  16. Hi there, A year ago I took out a product with Buy as you view. I have had no problems and have paid religiously by DD every week. This week I returned from holiday to a letter saying the DD had been cancelled (my fault I was cancelling several DDs at once online before i went away). this means that the payments have mounted up to £89 owed. Due to the holiday and not realising they hadn't gone out I rang Buy as you view to advise them I could meet the back log in payments on my next payday but would continue to pay the weekly amount every Friday until then so I don't owe more. they said to do this I had to arrange for the area manager to come out (which I did for next Thursday) to reset my direct debit up rather than by phone. this evening having got home from a long day, feeling unwell and with a small child in the house and one on the way a Buy as you view rep bangs on my door. I didn't answer as I hadn't been expecting him; we had made an appointment for next week. It states on the website they can only visit by appointment. Can anybody advise me where I stand on this please? Do I have to let them in at all? Can I make the payments by phone. What has put me off answering and dealing with them in person is now that they have come round uninvited when I have specifically set an appointment. I tried to ring them but was on hold for 56 minutes then told phone lines have closed Best wishes and thanks in advance Emma
  17. READ MORE HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/19/help-to-buy-isa-scandal-500000-first-time-buyers-told-scheme-can/
  18. Not sure if this is the right place for this. Perhaps it coul be moved if not. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/21/treasury-and-banks-could-face-legal-action-over-help-to-buy-isa/
  19. Hello. First post to the forum and well, what a mess. I think I've posted this in the right forum as there is no mortgage involved in this. When I found myself in the incredible situation I'm in, which I will expand on in a moment, I had a look on various help forums to see what information I could find on what happens when a property sale fails to complete after contracts have been exchanged. I found lots of posts along the lines of "in 20 years of conveyancing/being an EA I have never seem this happen" etc. So... Let's see what the experts here make of this. It's quite a lot to get through, but I suspect the devil is I the detail. Around Feb this year I was selling my house due to separating from my partner who wanted her share of the house. The only way to finance this was to sell and downsize so reluctantly I did what I had to do. My estate agent, ill call them SW, found me a buyer, an offer was accepted. After looking around, I found a park home property that I liked which I could buy outright with my proceeds and the thought of being mortgage free rather appealed. I then discovered that you were supposed to be fifty to live in this residential park, and I was just about to turn 49. I should stress at this point, I have not viewed any property, spoken to anyone or made any offers, I was simply aware of the property and the rule. The next thing I did was to office at the front of the park to enquire about how flexible this rule actually was. I spoke to a lady in the office who thought it probably was flexible but she said I needed to speak to someone with more authority than her. So I made an appointment to come back a couple of days later and on a scorching hot day, i spoke to a gentleman we will refer to as Brian. Brian introduced himself to me as the park manager. We discussed my age and the fact I was interested in the two properties that were for sale, and he told me the age limit was arbitrary and was there to make sure that no young people with children etc moved in, and having met me he was perfectly happy. A few days later, I went to the vendors estate agent, ill call them FS and explained that I was interested in the properties, that I was aware of the age limit, that I had been to the site and spoken to Brian the manager and he was happy. Estate agent FS arranged a viewing of the two properties and said he would confirm the age issue. I went to view both properties about a week later one very dark rainy evening and a few days later went back to FS and made an offer. Unfortunately, my first choice was then at this point taken off the market due to illness, so I made an offer on the second property. FS subsequently informed me the offer had been accepted by the owner, Ill call the owner Mr I from here on, and that he (FS) was now happy with the age issue. In May, when I was expecting to exchange i was suddenly informed out of the blue by FS that Mr I was looking at a different property and the whole process had to be started again at his end. I found out through a third party that Mr I has done this before. I made it clear that I was unhappy with this as I was part of a chain. Mr I switched again back to the original property, but for reasons unknown to me other than it was something to do with his ongoing purchase related to the fact he had switched twice, it was still taking an age. It was now June My own buyers were becoming impatient and threatening to pull out if we had not completed by the end of June, and not wanting to lose my purchaser, I put everything I own into storage, put my dog with a dog sitter and planned to move onto a friend's sofa for a few weeks. My completion came and went at the end of June, so I said goodbye to my home and I began to sofa surf. All the paperwork for my purchase was in place at my end, everything was signed and ready and all of my money from the sale of my house plus the difference which I had borrowed from my family was in the solicitors client account. We were still waiting for Mr I. In the first week of July I was informed that we would be ready to exchange contracts the following day. The following day it never happened and I was told that it was due to some important documentation that had been forgotten by the vendors solicitor. Exchange was now a few weeks away again... In the last week of July we finally exchanged contracts and set a completion on Thursday the 4th of August. I was getting excited, looking forward to a new home in a new community and getting my dog back. What happened next is well... Words fail me.. Luckily I have recently installed an app on my phone that records all incoming and outgoing phone calls. Every single one of the following phone calls is recorded in its entirety. Wed 3rd August. 6pm: I receive an email from my solicitor stating that the vendors solicitor had found out I have a dog and a car, do they have my permission to pass on my personal details. This seems odd to me. I am allowed to have a dog and a car, I don't know why this is an issue and everyone has had all my information, in writing, on all forms since day one. Amazingly the lady who sent me the email is still in the office, I manage to contact her and give my permission. I kind of detect from the way she is talking to me there is something she is not telling me. Thursday 4th August, 10.34am: I receive an email from my solicitor stating they have confirmation to proceed, they have a final completion statement from the other side. There is an outstanding payment of just over £150 for the months ground lease which I need to pay as the lease is being transferred to my name. I transfer the money, I ring them to confirm and thank them. Thursday 4th August 1pm: I go to the estate agent to see if they have heard anything and to hopefully collect the keys. They have heard nothing and can't hand the keys over yet. Thursday 4th August 1.30pm: I get a phone call from my solicitor telling me the park owners have put a stop on completion. I am advised to go to the residential park and speak to Brian the manager. On arrival at the park I ring Brian the manager and get through to someone else who tells me Brian has resigned. Over the course of the next few hours I end up speaking to my solicitor numerous times and a gentleman ill call Mark, who is a South England regional manager for the company who owns the residential park who from this point forward is the official spokesman and point of contact for the park owners. In these conversations, which have all been recorded, I learn the following catalogue of errors and points of information as I understand them. - Brian the manager and Mr I, who was desperate to sell his property as its been on the market for a considerable time, are one and the same person. - Brian I, was not a manager, he was a gardener who had no authority at all. He has misrepresented his position to me to assist selling his property. - The lady in the office was another resident who has never been employed by the park owners and should not at any point have been I the office. - The email I received the previous evening was a result of the fact that Brian I, or more correctly his solicitors, were legally bound by the lease agreement to inform the park owners of the sale and the park owners would then process my information and application along to take over the lease and move into the property. This process legally takes a minimum of 21 working days so should have been done at the very least a month beforehand. What had in fact happened was Brian I's solicitor never have the park owners this notice or any information about me until just before close of business on the 3rd of August. Less than 24 hours before we completed. - Both my solicitor, and the vendors solicitor should not have exchanged contracts without this vital step of the lease purchase/transfer being carried out. - Both my solicitor and the vendors solicitor are at fault for ignoring the fact that the age limit for the sale is not arbitrary, is stated on the lease documents and the fact that I am only 49, not fifty. - The park owners are not prepared to be flexible on the age limit, I am 7 months too young. Mark the area manager makes it very clear to me that, and I quote, "if this has anything to do with me, I will not allow this to happen because you are too young and it is wrong". - I am not going to get the keys, the sale is not going to complete the park owners are going to take their full 21 working days to process my application, after which they will accept or decline. - I am told that no money has changed hands officially, but it has been transferred and the vendors solicitors actually have all my money in their account. (£143000) - There has been a suggestion that Brian I's solicitor is going to sue me... After a very sleepless night, as soon as the offices open im on the phone to my solicitor. My solicitors is a very very large company and over the last 8 months my purchase has been dealt with at different stages by at least four separate people and now I find its been passed to a gentleman called Nick who I am told is a senior partner. Friday the 5th 9am: I'm on the phone to Nick. He tells me (and again all my calls are recorded) and I quote, "that I have been shafted by Brian" I and I have a massive strong case for legal misrepresentation but leave it with him to see what he can salvage. The park owners are exercising their legal right to take 21 days because contracts should not have exchanged without this. The vendors solicitor still currently holds all my money and he is going to see if he can get it back, however there is a huge question mark over this because there is a possibility the sale could be forced through and I would then own a property to which I have no right of entry, but then I can sue for costs... This nightmare just keeps on giving. After a very sleepless weekend, on Monday morning I went to the CAB who advised me that my best course of action was to go and ask for my money back and then if it wasn't forth coming make a complaint to the independent ombudsmen. Around 11.30 Monday 8th august, I walked into my solicitors and asked to speak to Nick. He took me into an interview room and we discussed the situation. I put my phone on the table and the whole following conversation was recorded. He kept pursuing the point that I have a case against Brian I for misrepresentation and against his solicitor for not following due process and only giving the park owners the lease application the day before completion and then exchanging without this process complete. I chose at this point in the conversation not to point out that surely both parties are equally as guilty for exchanging contracts before due process was complete? I should stress that at this point I have not yet asked for my money back, but I was about to. However before I do, and without any prompting, Nick tells me that late on Friday he asked the vendors solicitor for my money back, and they instantly returned it by bacs payment and that it will be returned to me in full on Tuesday. I asked him about the fees for his company that I thought I was arguably being unfairly charged thousands of pounds given the series of mistakes, and he offered me fifty % of all fees back. As I was trying to clarify exactly what this included, he said "you know what? I'm a nice guy, all costs, 100% will be waived and refunded. We should have the money back tomorrow as its coming by bacs, and we can pay it straight into your account." He then told me that I have dodged a bullet because if he was the vendors solicitor he would have forced the completion through as an associated purchase because he had the money, so I was very l lucky to have had such a lucky escape and the vendors solicitor had chosen to refund my money. He also told me that now I've been given all my money and all my costs back, i have the option to walk away from this now. If I do, Brian I may try to sue me but it's unlikely because 1. he basically doesn't have a leg to stand on due to his misrepresentation and 2. The exchange of contracts should never have taken place given the incomplete documentation and so these contracts wouldnt stand up in a court of law. Tuesday the 9th mid morning I've an email and a subsequent recorded phone call confirming my money has been returned and all of it, including all refunded solicitors fees have been paid to me via bacs so will be in my account by Friday. Tuesday 9th 12.00 I've just had a phone call from Mark the residential park area manager saying to me that he's found out some further information on me and wanted me to confirm whether I own a certain type of commercial vehicle (a taxi), I confirmed I do. And he's found out that I own 7 motorbikes and would I confirm this. I don't. I own two. One is a road touring bike, the other is a restoration project and I confirm this to him. He's told me that in addition to clearly breaking the rule on age, I'm also breaking the rule on not being allowed commercial vehicles, I haven't told them I own a motorcycle, Im not allowed to own a motorcycle, apparently I'm only allowed 1 vehicle, I have 4 (1 taxi, 1 private car and 2 bikes) and the more he looks into me the more rules I'm breaking. I find this odd because at no point have I been made aware of the fact that I'm not allowed to have a taxi. My job has always been a taxi driver and its never been a secret. At no point have I seen any rule that says I'm not allowed to own a motorcycle and no one has ever asked me if I own one. I find it interesting that he's obviously looking into me and my affairs from some unknown source, and finding out half truths. It would be interesting to know where on earth he got the idea that I own 7 motorbikes, or actually even why he's looking into things like this anyway. Tuesday 9th August 4.45 I phoned my solicitor to double check my money has been transferred i am told that that the bacs payment was changed and I am told "Well, there was a bit of a fuss in the office about getting this money to you. I don't know what you've done, but whatever it is you've done it right. Your money is coming into your account tomorrow morning by TT and we are refunding literally everything including waiving all transfer fees" I then her and ask "so where does this now leave me. Can I just now walk away from this farce and am I free to start looking for a new home?" She answers "yes you can. Enjoy." So as a final summary, after the catalogue of cock ups: The vendors solicitor has refunded all my money in full without question. My solicitor has refunded 100% of all fees without question. Both of these things suggest to me that they know they have done something wrong and I can almost hear them in the office trying to get rid of me. It's looking fairly certain that my application for the lease on this property isn't going to be accepted, I've already broken the age rule, the no taxis rule, the no motorbikes rule and the number of vehicles rule and I haven't even completed yet. But bearing in mind that so far I've been lied to and misled by the vendor, messed around by the vendor with his switching of properties, had the completion blocked by the park owners who have made it pretty clear that my 11th hour application is going to fail and given that all my money and fees have been refunded from the solicitors on both sides and I still homeless, I'm ready to just walk away from this mess. In fact I think my mind is made up So if anyone has made it through this far, there are a number of lessons to learn. Always get things I writing. Don't complete on a sale without a purchase. And if anyone has any advice for me, I'm all ears because I'm worried this isn't over yet.
  20. READ MORE HERE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/31/right-to-buy-policy-scrapped-scotland-social-housing
  21. I hope I am posting in the right place. Wayne has been the sole tenant of this little flat for 18 years. We are not married, but do live together. I have never been on the tenancy. I am on the electoral roll (the bit that is private) and the Council Tax know I am here because Wayne had to write to them back along to give up his single person occupancy discount. Wayne applied to buy his flat back in February, and an energy surveyor has already been. He had a letter to tell him that the District Valuer will contact him to make an appointment. RTB2 admitting his Right to Buy has not yet been received. He has been to a broker and he will arrange a mortgage for Wayne, even though Wayne has two small debts that have been registered. These are $501 to Halifax Building Society (now through a debt collection agency). He closed his account in 2007 and unbeknown to him they added bank charges. Over the years they have added up to this amount. Wayne refuses to pay this. They entered a note on his credit file in 2012! And about 9 years ago he had a load from Provident. He handed over the payments regularly, but rarely saw his book. It was always "being updated by Head Office". Then the agent left and Provident came knocking after the money that she had pocketed! Wayne went mad and actually went and had a go at the thief at her other job in a shop, in front of her manager. He never heard from them again, but then when he had his credit check done by the broker, both came up,. Last Monday Wayne was at work, there was a hammering at the door. I opened the door to a burly great bloke and an official looking lady. They asked where Wayne was and I told them he was at work. The man said they were from the Council´s investigation team and they were investigating fraud? I told them they needed to speak to Wayne as it was nothing to do with me. Wayne duly spoke to them, and the lady told him that every time an RTB application was received, they had to investigate the applicant to help prevent fraud. She arranged to call back on Friday, today. She turned up with the same gentleman as before. The first thing the man said was "we have credit checked you and found two debts, and this may prevent your application to buy from being approved!", Wayne looked at me in surprise, so I simply said the mortgage broker said this wasn´t a problem, and I cannot see how this can affect his Right to Buy and in any case Wayne has argued these two debts and he will Tell you about them. The man accused me of being aggressive! Anyway we got past that bit and he denied that he said this! He was asked a series of questions, showed his passport as ID, had his photo taken. The last question before they left, was "have you ever benefitted from the RTB discount before?" Wayne answered honestly "no". The man said "if you are absolutely sure that you have answered honestly ... pause... then please sign this form". Wayne signed. Now, in 1984 I bought my Council flat from this Council under the RTB scheme. Years down the line I sold it and bought another property with my then partner. We split up and the property was sold. Shortly after that in 2006 I met Wayne and we´ve been an item ever since. (I can´t say "girlfriend and "boyfriend" I am 54 and it just doesn´´t sound right!). I am not anything to do with this application, it´s Wayne´s. We are not married and like anyone else we could split up in the future. Without wanting to sound mercenary, I have an elderly aunt/godmother with a house in the New Forest who has not long to go and I am a beneficiary of her will, and I want to buy my own place when the time comes. Therefore I will not benefit from this, Wayne has a much younger brother with learning difficulties and he wants to leave it to him. I am very worried that they are going to stop his RTB because I have already had an RTB before. I´m pretty certain they can´t because we are not married. The other thing was they asked NOK - well, his mother is bonkers, as is his younger brother and his older brother Albert, he rarely sees. So he said me. I´ve told him to ring them and get that changed to Albert. Sorry for long post, but lots went on today! Can anyone see any pit falls here? This is just a case of a long term tenant wanting to exercise his RTB. Can they really stop this because his "girlfriend" had RTB before?
  22. Could somebody help with this My daughter wants to buy her council house and has lived in it for about 9 years so does qualify for the right to buy discount but she was told she could not have the new help to buy ISA as well as that would mean two discounts is this correct as I was under the impression that you could have a help to buy ISA as well as the council right to buy discount thanks for any help
  23. I was looking to where to buy a book called 'the truth of the lie' by Goncalo Amaral which I couldn't seem to find for sale on Amazon. Any ideas ?..
  24. I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I am still paying rent to London Borough of Haringey. Recently, I contacted them about a repair that needs to be carried out in the flat and I was told that because I am in the process of buying the flat all repairs are now my responsibility even though I am still paying rent. The particular repair is a leaking cistern. On 31st May, a technician from Thames Water came to check the meter which was constantly running (though I was not aware of this until Thames water contacted me), as a result of the leak from the cistern into the toilet. According to the technician, the responsibility for this lies with Homes for Haringey as the property is still under them and not yet in my name. The property is not in my name and I am still paying rent to Homes for Haringey. I therefore do not agree that this repair should be my responsibility. Who is right? I am still paying them rent. What can I do about getting the repair done?
  25. Someone went into the side of my work van a couple of weeks ago whilst he was pulling out of a junction. It was his fault. There was some cosmetic damage, scratches etc. and the passenger door wouldn’t open. So I decided to put a claim in through his insurance company. I was given a courtesy van whilst mine was taken off to be assessed. A couple weeks later I received a telephone call to say my vehicle had been written off Cat C. I was offered a settlement and the option to buy my van back. However the offer was way below what it would have cost me to either repair or replace the vehicle so I declined it. I have now been told that as I declined the offer my claim has now been transferred back to my insurance company Hastings and the other drivers insurance company would no longer be dealing with it. I would no longer be able to buy my van back. The rental vehicle will need to be returned and I will lose my no claims. At no point was I told by Albany the implications of me declining the first offer. Otherwise I may have reconsidered taking the offer. Now I’m going to lose out. I have 3 options: · Withdraw my claim, keep my van and pay for the door to be repaired myself. · Settle the claim for below market value and buy my own van back from auction and hope that the settlement cost will cover the cost to buy it back and do the repair work. · Or Settle the claim for below market value and having to get some sort of finance to replace the vehicle. My van is sign written and has been fully fitted out for my work needs with a reversing camera so the cost of replacing all of this will be well in excess of what I will receive. And most of this would be removed before it is auctioned off. All I want is my van back and some money towards the repair cost. I don’t understand how this was an option when I got my first offer but Hastings are now saying I can’t get my van back. Poor customer service all round and the accident wasn’t even my fault.
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