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Morning everyone

I received 2 letters from Marston group on the same day claiming I owed £185 and £185 with two different reference numbers. I wrote to them to ask what the debt was for, as I had just moved into my new house and this was the 1st contact I have had. Had no response. Exactly one week later, a bailiff appeared at my door and posted a removals letter.

I rang the mobile number on the letter that evening and it was switched off. The very next day I received a cardboard certificate telling me I must contact the bailiff now to pay in full, what is now £585.

I rang again, and it was switched off, so I sent a text message to him asking him what the debt was for and could I have some more time to sort things out. He immediately text back saying it was for an unpaid fine for failure to provide information to the council tax on two occasions for a friends address where I stayed for 6 months whilst waiting for my house to complete. I did inform the council I was staying with my friend, and I did put my name on her lease.

I replied again to his message informing him that I am in the first trimester of a high risk pregnancy, and I was unable to pay it in full but did offer instalments, he obviously said no. He informed me that I had to pay it all now, or he would return with a locksmith and remove my furniture, and if that didn't cover the cost, then I would go to jail. After a tearful phone call and a lot of begging, he has given me an additional 7 days, this is Thursday the 6th of August.

So.....what the hell do I do now? I have not slept at all since then, and I am petrified that everyone phone call, text or knock at the door makes me almost throw up in fear. I am so scared, and now I am scared I will lose my baby with all this mess.

I thought my new house would be a break from all my awful past and it seems much worse now. I really don't know what to do.

I have written a letter to the head office asking for the original letters from the council as these letters from Marston were the first I knew about these fines. I have not sent this letter yet. Please can anyone give me any advice? Claire x

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phone the council and get more information of this fine if you have no knowledge of it they must have send letters etc to the previous address

(possibly the one you didn't inform the council that you were living at :rolleyes:)

ask the council to call of the bailiff until this is sorted

remember the council are responsible for the bailiff as they work for the council so they can put bailiffs action on hold don't let them tell you any different

 

inform the council of your condition high risk pregnancy tell the council the bailiff is also aware of this but continued to threaten you with jail and breaking into your house ask the council why you have been fine twice

 

also get in touch with your M P

check to see if your bailiff is certificated On line search to check if a Bailiff is Certificated you may be classed as vulnerable because you are pregnant

 

National Standards for Enforcement Agents May 2002Vulnerable situations

 

 

Those who might be potentially vulnerable include:

  • the elderly;
  • people with a disability;
  • the seriously ill;
  • the recently bereaved;
  • single parent families;
  • pregnant women;
  • unemployed people; and,
  • those who have obvious difficulty in understanding, speaking or reading English

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Thank you for your advice.

 

The bailiff doesn't appear to be certified according to the link.

 

I have booked this week off work because I am exhausted and scared they will arrive with a locksmith.

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Ministry of Justice Public Register of Bailiffs on 020 3334 6355

 

phone the above number to confirm he is NOT a bailiff then text him and ask when he was certificated and at what court if he does not reply within the hour

 

inform the council the bloke that came from Marston is not a certificated bailiff

 

because this is a fine I'm not 100% sure but i don't think he can break into your house

 

having said that if he is not certificated then there is nothing he can do he cant add charges break into house get you sent to jail and all the other thing he is likely to threaten you with

these are empty threats so for the sake of the baby try and calm down

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I have PMed you this is mad.

 

 

got to agree with that

 

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Thank you Hallowich, and thank you lets fight bailiffs, I have sent you my e-mail address.

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Morning everyone

I received 2 letters from Marston group on the same day claiming I owed £185 and £185 with two different reference numbers. I wrote to them to ask what the debt was for, as I had just moved into my new house and this was the 1st contact I have had. Had no response. Exactly one week later, a bailiff appeared at my door and posted a removals letter.

 

I rang the mobile number on the letter that evening and it was switched off. The very next day I received a cardboard certificate telling me I must contact the bailiff now to pay in full, what is now £585.

 

I rang again, and it was switched off, so I sent a text message to him asking him what the debt was for and could I have some more time to sort things out. He immediately text back saying it was for an unpaid fine for failure to provide information to the council tax on two occasions for a friends address where I stayed for 6 months whilst waiting for my house to complete. I did inform the council I was staying with my friend, and I did put my name on her lease.

 

I replied again to his message informing him that I am in the first trimester of a high risk pregnancy, and I was unable to pay it in full but did offer instalments, he obviously said no. He informed me that I had to pay it all now, or he would return with a locksmith and remove my furniture, and if that didn't cover the cost, then I would go to jail. After a tearful phone call and a lot of begging, he has given me an additional 7 days, this is Thursday the 6th of August.

 

So.....what the hell do I do now? I have not slept at all since then, and I am petrified that everyone phone call, text or knock at the door makes me almost throw up in fear. I am so scared, and now I am scared I will lose my baby with all this mess.

 

I thought my new house would be a break from all my awful past and it seems much worse now. I really don't know what to do.

 

I have written a letter to the head office asking for the original letters from the council as these letters from Marston were the first I knew about these fines. I have not sent this letter yet. Please can anyone give me any advice? Claire x

 

I am confused.

 

Can you confirm that this debt relates to two unpaid Magistrates Court FINES issued against you and that they are BOTH for £185 each !!

 

The reason that I ask this is because the amount of £185 is identical to the amount due for an unpaid parking ticket issued in London that is referred to the bailiffs.

 

If however the amount is CORRECT and this is for an unpaid FINE and if you have never before received any documentation...that this is actually quite SIMPLE.

 

You need to swear a Statutory Declaration and this should ensure that the fines ar both CANCELLED and all bailiff fees are then removed as well.

 

Can you please confirm the above and I will respons further.

 

PS: If this is for a fine then you will also need to obtain details of the Magistrates Court that issued the fine and the date and amount of the fine and any reference number provided by the Magistares Court.

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Thanks TT i have been in touch with Mr bailiff and his office with a request that it be sent back to the council ASAP, and this is not CT its for not sulpying info both within one month I DONT THINK SO they will not be contacting the cager again.

 

PS, have done statutory declaration on cagers behalf.

 

 

thanks

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Thank you to everyone for all your advice and concerns and especially to Lets Fight Bailiffs x x x x. Utterly greatful to everyone. x x

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