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  1. Hello all, I have recently been awarded a judgement by the FOS against an FCA regulated company for not providing a service I had paid for. The company in question now wants to pay the award in monthly installments. They initially offered to repay over 3 years. I rejected that outright because it's far too long, and the Ombudsman will not get involved if I agree to a payment scheme and the company fail to pay. Now the company has offered a new repayment plan to repay in 12 months. This is far more attractive as they claim they cannot pay it all in one go but based on past experience with them I have doubts as to their sincerity and honesty. Could someone please advise me if there is some way I can get guarantees that the sum will be paid and what my options would be were they to stop paying before the full amount is repaid? Any advice/suggestions will be most appreciated. Regards Scara
  2. CAN ANYONE WHO READS THIS PLEASE GIVE ME SOME THAT IS CORRECT AND FACTUAL BECAUSE I HAVE TO HAND IN MY DEFENCE FORM AND EVIDENCE TO THE COUNTY COURT TOMORROW. This is something I think everyone should read as it may help you defend a sec 21 and eviction. I will give as much information a possible without it becoming to long to read or confusing. I will refer to the Landlady as She or Her. In August 2017 I moved into a self contained unit in a house that had been converted to 6 flats each with electric meter, bathroom, simple kitchen unit but still classed as a self contained studio. She did not take a deposit to avoid depositing it. Even the kitchen and bathroom had been converted into flats. as it had been done a few months before the other 5 tenants and i had moved in there was a lot to been done yet the landlady still demanded the £800 monthly rent. In addition the electric had been sub metered and we/I were have not been given a top up key or card we had to give Her £10 every Sunday and she would use a disposable prepaid card then tore it up so we could not read what was on it. She was charging us 20p kwh day or night. She put the heating radiators on when it got cold in December and put it on a timer to suit her as she was paying for it. I noticed that the extension at the back had walls that were not straight and all partition walls had no insulation. Heating the place got very expensive costing Me £40 a week. That suited her very well that she gave every tenant an electric blanket for Xmas . All the other tenants praised and thanked her saying she was the best landlord ever. OK I WILL EXPLAIN VERY BRIEFLY By now it was clear that getting them to report her to the council would be futile so I did it myself in January. They told her and she gave me a section 21 as tenancy was 6 months. I read it would be invalid if name was spelt wrong and she put a O instead of A. I had broken my leg badly mid January at work so was off for the next 6 months and being self employed the council now paid my rent. BTW....4 other tenants all on ESA and taking illegal substance paid for by tax payer. I thought council would take action but nope. I lived in a hostile place but they slowly came around to listening to me when I showed them how she was robbing us. It was only 30 June 2018 that a enforcement notice came from the council stating no planning permission and illegal use as flats that has to be rectified within 4 months of the notice. I thought finally they took action even though very late. 11 July an eviction notice is put under my door saying I had to be out on 19 July. Seems she had had a tenant get all important mail so I did not even get the defence form. i text her and asked where all that information was and she just replied i have until 19th. On 18th in went to court with a few photos of the place and n244 to stop eviction and give me a hearing and got one for 20th. On the 19th she came to the house and thought I was out I could hear her shouting to a tenant in room 6 above me as I am 4, asking why he didn't tell her I went to court etc. I ignored them and did my research for hours trying to find something to help as I knew the wrong spelling would not be enough when she tell court a lie that I got all letters from court. I was up all night and went to court for 10am and she was sitting there looking all confident. what I did was to tell the judge that the sec 21 was invalid because the EPC she gave me was not valid as law state every self contained unit must have its own EPC. she must pay me £200 and face a fine of 5000. I went on to say the GAS cert she gave me was also invalid because it has a Beko gas stove test results in the kitchen....OPPS, there is no kitchen in the house or gas stove, I went on to say the law says if she sub meters electricity she can't charge more then what she is paying the supplier and if she did she is to pay me back double plus the bank of England interest rate (needs better explaining I m writing fast as its getting late) she charge 20p and at times was paying 10p. The Judge had to look up everything I said for 30 mins then came back and told her I made my case the sec 21 is cancelled. She did say anyone can say they didn't get the defence form and he explained that when I got the eviction notice I contacted her and took action in taking evidence to court, And that did not make a difference because my EPC evidence is water tight. She kept insisting about the defence form so the judge said he will give me the form and other docs and I should file my defence form in 14 days which is tomorrow. to make things worse she offered me £500 to move out as she needs the property empty to do the work and I turned it down. She turned my electric off this past Monday saying she was changing the meters. Yet I told her I was doing my evidence for court and she kept it off all day. My question is can counter claim and ask for the £920 paid in electric, £200 for epc, my time and expenses gathering evidence and the stress I been through in the past 2 weeks or do I have to file separately in small claim court? I also want the court to award me an amount that will get her to know she is not above the rule or law because she has 12 other tenants living in the same type unit as I and just yesterday she tried to rent flat 1 that got vacated when she gave a sec 21 because he spoke up to her Thank you for your time.
  3. Freedom of Information requests - used by campaigners and journalists to ask questions of public bodies - are to remain free of charge, a minister says. Following a review of the law, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the FoI Act was "working well". The FoI Commission was asked to examine it amid concerns within government that "sensitive information" was being inadequately protected. Its report said FoI had helped "change the culture of the public sector". Mr Hancock said there would be no wholesale changes to the FoI Act. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35693236
  4. Payday loan adverts could still be aired on children's TV despite a call from a committee of MPs for a ban. A report by the Business Select Committee said adverts could expose children to the idea that these short-term, high interest loans were "fun". But the government's response to December's report said adverts already faced "strict content rules", so a law change looks unlikely. The committee's chairman Adrian Bailey called the response "very weak". However, major lenders have always said that advertising on children's TV was against their code of practice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26719170 Here's the Government response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmbis/1136/113604.htm
  5. Hi there, First time posting here but looking for some advice if at all possible. I've been successful with a number of claims and I've had a claim outstanding with the ombudsman for a while. The background to the story was I found a letter telling me I had PPI on a mortgage I held with the Clydesdale Bank, Initially I wrote directly to the bank who told me they looked at my claim and while I did have a PPI policy it was not mis-sold. I disagreed with this and wrote to the ombudsman for a ruling. I received a response after 8-9 months saying they had reviewed the case and had decided to uphold my complaint and that the bank had 8 weeks to make an offer to me based on their findings. After hearing nothing for almost 3 months I contacted them this week to find out if any updates had appeared on my case. I was told that there was an update stating that the bank had disputed their findings and had provided new evidence which now needs reviewed. This can take 12-18 months again as the whole process goes back to the start again due to this. Has anybody ever had any experience of something like this where initially the ruling is in your favour but then goes back into dispute due to the bank suddenly uncovering new evidence to support their claim? Thanks
  6. Far-reaching changes will effectively prevent anyone earning more than £20,000 a year from obtaining help From the beginning of April 2013 the chances of getting help with legal bills will be slim. The Law Society estimates 650,000 cases will no longer qualify, including 20,000 employment cases and 200,000 in family law. The cut-off point to be able to get legal aid will be a household income of £32,000, and those between £14,000 and £32,000 will have to go through a detailed means test. "It will become rare for someone with an income of more than £20,000 to qualify," says Richard Miller, head of legal aid at the Law Society. "The means test will be monstrously complex. It will cost thousands to process." At the moment, workers can get help with preparing for an employment tribunal and representation at an appeal tribunal. The scale of the problem is evident – 20,203 employment cases were started under the legal aid scheme during the 2011/12 tax year. A further 6,842 new employment cases and appeals were started in this one. "All help is going to be removed in these situations with the exception of discrimination cases," says Miller. Even then, people bringing claims will only have access to help via a phone line manned in three different offices round the country, rather than face-to-face meetings. People who qualify for legal aid can still be asked to contribute to the costs, depending on their disposable income over £300. It is calculated on a sliding scale. The amount is being raised from 25% to 30%. There is an allowance for access to legal aid in exceptional cases when it would be a breach of your human rights not to give it. "In our view if you aren't able to present your case yourself then you should be able to get legal aid. If not, then you are being denied access to justice, which is a breach of your human rights. But the government thinks this will only apply in exceptional cases," says Miller. "I think there will be a lot of test cases to determine the boundaries." Family law cases, which involve separation and divorce, child custody or financial issues, are an area that will suffer the biggest loss. Co-operative Legal Services, which will continue to take on legal aid cases, reckons 70% of family cases will no longer be on legal aid by next month. Funding for people with housing, welfare benefits, debt and immigration problems has recently been removed. Although people can no longer get help with rent arrears, they will still be able to get legal aid once possession proceedings are issued. Jayne Nevins, from legal expenses insurer DAS Legal Services, says: "This will affect the most disadvantaged in society. [Legal] insurance is often sold as part of your home insurance, but many on a tight budget are skipping taking it out." The legal profession argues that the removal of swathes of legal aid will cost the taxpayer more because, rather than cases being solved in the early stages, problems will escalate and become more expensive to solve. Earlier this month Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, warned that the cuts may lead people to take the law into their own hands if they feel they can't get justice. Acas, the Citizen's Advice Bureau and other advice agencies are bracing themselves for a flood of unrepresented people turning to them for advice. Other people may go to controversial no-win no-fee lawyers. Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/mar/23/legal-aid-rulled-out-court
  7. Here is a timeline of this issue: 09/05/2012: My car passed MOT 8:30AM, 17/05/2012: I sent my car to Kwit Fit Oldbury Centre near my company for full service 13:00PM, 17/05/2012 Oldbury centre called to tell me the job nearly done and a list of repair recommendation, I said thanks but no further action needs to be taken. 15:30PM, 17/05/2012 Oldbury centre called again to ask if I found any problem before. I had been happy with my car and carrying my colleagues occasionally(even a couple of days before service), and passed the MOT, I have not found or been reported any problem. Of course I said no. 16:00 PM, 17/05/2012 Oldbury centre called to report they found the ignition coil pack failed and the car is not advised to drive and I was told that I need to spend another £144.00 to replace it. I was told if I don’t fix it, I will feel bumps from engine. They stressed that this is just a COINCIDENCE and the coil pack would fail sooner or later but just right at service time. I felt a little bit confused and uncomfortable and called your customer service for advice, customer service supported Oldbury centre opinion and said the vehicle problem was my liability. I thought they might be right and called Oldbury centre back to allow the replacement of coil pack. 17:10PM, 17/05/2012: Job done for service and replacement of coil pack. Very funny, I started feeling the bumps they described, I thought it might be just occasional case and chose to give it a little bit longer to observe the problem further. 18-19/05/2012: Problem carried on 22/05/2012: Problem seems more serious and dangerous in motorway, I could not pickup power when overtaking and the engine light on the driver panel is on along with the engine bumps. 08:30AM, 23/05/2012: I felt frustrated about this and asked oldbury sentre to check again. They told me they will have a check the afternoon. 16:40PM 23/05/2012: At Oldbury centre, I was told the problem is because of the mechanical failure, again it is ALSO A COINCIDENCE happened during service. By the way, my car, 2001fort focus Ghia, has been through almost 120K. Do you think i should accept it peacefully? Is there any supervisory organization i can seek advice from? MAny thanks for your time and sorry for my poor spelling and grammer?
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