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    • Hello everyone! I have just stumbled upon this website and read through some of the topics. Unfortunately the thing that I was incredibly scared of happened: Hermes lost my package. I would like to ask you guys to help me. I have never been in this situation and I am really not sure what to do. So I wanted to return a laptop I bought on Amazon (worth £2000) using Hermes. As Amazon couldn't create a drop off label for the item they advised me to send the item back myself, after which they would issue the refund to me. (Also there was no option for them to print a hermes return label, which is weird). I dropped the item off at one of Hermes' drop off locations (ParcelShop) on the 2nd of October around 13:00. I have waited more than three weeks now and the tracking still hasn't been updated. It is stuck at "We've collected your parcel from the drop off point and it's on its way" - 3rd Oct 13:02. I have contacted Hermes regarding this issue and I got the following reply:  Thanks for getting in touch with us about parcel number ###. We're so are sorry that despite an extensive investigation, we haven't been able locate your parcel. We appreciate that this is not the outcome you were hoping for, however, we do offer cover to assist in this situation and we will happily support you through the process of making a claim. During our claims process, if your parcel is located, we will endeavour to deliver this to your recipient as quickly as possible. Our aim is always to complete all claims within 14 working days of receipt. https://support.myhermes.co.uk/app/ask Should you wish to submit your claim, please complete the following online form: https://support.myhermes.co.uk/app/claim/form/lost/ref_no/201006-019046 Please note if you choose to refund your customer before this claim is finalised then you must do so at your own risk. If the parcel is located it will be delivered to the intended recipient and the claim will be closed Now I have submitted a claim but the maximum value that I can claim for was 999 (half of the original value) and also I didn't buy any insurance (because it tops out at 300 only...) so I am sure I am not eligible for a compensation (plus laptops are on the non-compensation list). So I am thinking about suing them for negligence and I would very much appreciate if someone could help me with this. Do you think I have a right for a full refund? After all they lost something that was mine. I feel like there must be a way to make them liable for this. Another question: amazon doesn't really want to help me, they tell me that it is Hermes's fault and they can't help me with the refund unless they get the laptop. I was told that if THEY issued the Hermes return label, they would have been able to refund me. But in this case I organized the return so they can't help me. But I am not sure if they realize that it was THEIR customer services assistant who told me to send the laptop by a choice of my courier (there were only two shipping methods for the return: me organising the whole shipping part myself or hermes home-pickup. First I opted for the latter but after waiting 5 days for them to collect it I contacted amazon where they told me they would cancel the refund process and I should send it by myself). Please help me guys, I am torn, I feel like my hands are completely tied here. Thanks for any help!  
    • If thats your driver, you must be bloody furious at the utter cobblers (referred) spun in the leave campaign then.  
    • This was my first (and last!) experience using Hermes to deliver a parcel. I learnt the hard way...    I posted a valuable item (my precious & perfect guitar) with Hermes that was delivered damaged. I paid for insurance and after an absolute nightmare getting in touch with them, then waiting 28 days, they said it is not covered.   However the recipient stated there is signs of rough handling to the package, therefore Hermes are still at fault. When I responded with this to them they replied:   ..."I assure you that any damage is not a lack of care from our couriers; they take great care of all our parcels in transit. Any damage done to parcels within our delivery process will have occurred whilst being sorted by the automated, heavy machinery within one of our large depots."   Surely this does not absolve them of liability?!   I sold my guitar on ebay for £265 and have had to refund this plus the £20 postage I paid in good faith that my guitar would reach the buyer intact.   I now am out of pocket and with my once pristine guitar damaged.   I am heartbroken about it, plus the stress it's caused, was only even selling due to being a new mum and not currently working, I could cry (well I have several times). Anyway was just looking for any advice re: attempting to take further cheers.
    • Pleased we can at least agree on that.  
    • I will await the final confirmation tomorrow I also attach the Draft Order, please can these be checked Andyorch and BankFodder before I submit these online tomorrow I of course will amend the details to add the names etc before I send this. In the Leicester county court Claim No. ... Before District Judge ……… Dated 23//10 20… Claimant/s Mrs XXXXXXX   and Defendant Goosedale Draft Order     IT IS ORDERED THAT: 1. . Pursuant to CPR 19.4.1 and CPR 19.2.2 (a) it is requested that a second claimant Mrs xxxxxx be added to this claim. It is desirable to add the new party so that the court can resolve all the matters in dispute in the proceedings. 2. The proposed amended particulars of claim be reserved Pursuant to Practice Direction 19 ( 2.1 ) ###### End of Order ######     Amended Particulars of claim for N1.   The claimant and second claimant joinder seek reimbursement of £7700 paid to the defendant on XXX date 2019 in respect of a frustrated contract for a wedding venue booked for the XX date 2020 and which was cancelled by the defendant as a result of implementing government restrictions in respect of Covid 19 Legislation.The principle claimant makes this claim pursuant to Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. The defendant has refused to refund the contract price. The claimant seeks £7700 plus interest plus costs.     N244_web_0818 COMPE.pdf
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      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
      After a summer of discontent with ASG I discovered that if you have paid HALF the agreement or more you can legally return the boiler to them at no cost to yourself. I've just returned mine the feeling is liberating.
      It all started mid summer during lockdown when they refused to service our boiler because we didn't have a loft ladder or flooring installed despite the fact AS installed the boiler. and had previosuly serviced it without issue for 4yrs. After consulting with an independent installer I was informed that if this was the case then ASG had breached building regulations,  this was duly reported to Gas Safe to investigate and even then ASG refused to accept blame and repeatedly said it was my problem. Anyway Gas Safe found them in breach of building regs and a compromise was reached.
      A month later and ASG attended to service our boiler but in the process left the boiler unusuable as it kept losing pressure not to mention they had damaged the filling loop in the process which they said was my responsibilty not theres and would charge me to repair, so generous of them! Soon after reporting the fault I got a letter stating it was time we arranged a powerflush on our heating system which they make you do after 5 years even though there's nothing in the contract that states this. Coincidence?
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      The boiler was removed and replaced by a reputable installer,  and the old boiler was returned to ASG thus ending our contract with them. What's mad is I saved in excess of £1000 in the long run and got a new boiler with a brand new 12yr warranty. 
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
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      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
      If it was me I would send them all a CCA request.   I would bet that not one will provide the correct response and you can quite legally stop paying them until such time as they do provide a response.   Even when they do you should check back here as they mostly send dodgy photo copies or generic rubbish that has no connection with your supposed debt.
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      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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I have recently moved out of the old flat thanks to having a bit of an arse for a flat-mate. He's moved out too. We've got our deposits back but there was a utilities bill that I ended up having to pay all on my own because he managed to talk the landlord into giving him his side of the deposit back before the bills were settled.


I'm pretty sure that he's not going to voluntarily give me his side of the bill, and I've had to pay it to get my deposit back. Anything I can do or is it a lost cause?

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Whos names the bill in? assuming yours alone - anything in writing saying you will split things 50/50? - Why did you let the LL pay your utility bill?

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well we never signed anything to take on responsibility of any bills, from what I can remember the bills were in the landlords name, we were only there for 6 months because I was sick of his late payments etc. There's nothing in writing to say we'll split anything, just an assumption based on us being "mates" really. I think all it says in the lease is that the bills must be up to date and settled before the deposits will be returned.... so assuming we've both been given our deposits back, and the actual bill itself has been paid (therefore the debt is purely him owing me), there's not a thing i can do? :(

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Your options are to sue the LL for 50% of the bill or sue your former housemate.


Depending on how much we are talking about, is it worth it?


Was youe deposit not protected in one of the TDS schemes?

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think we're talking about £200. What's a TDS scheme? How does that protect me? Remember I've got my deposit back... the only thing that I'm out on is the fact that the Utility bill has been paid for (which was in the landlords name) and it was me that 100% of it.... My housemate has already said he's pretty sure he's already given me the cash for it. So I'm raging. Can I sue him? I can't see any legal ties my housemate has to this bill because his name isn't on it and he can just say he's paid me cash? Isn't it more the landlords fault for giving him his deposit back before the bills were settled?

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I hate to say it, but I think you will not get any of this. And I do hope this "mate" is now an "ex-mate", cos he is no friend!!


And if you have moved out, have you moved in somewhere else? If so, and you paid a deposit, this deposit should be protected in one of 3 government approved deposit protection schemes - and you notified within 14 days of paying the deposit where it is protected and details of how to get it back at the end of the tenancy.

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Information given is based on my knowledge and experience and is not to be considered as legal advice

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My housemate has already said he's pretty sure he's already given me the cash for it. So I'm raging. Can I sue him?


For the sum involved and, in particular, due to possible lack of documentation probably not worth it. That said, can you


- document what bills fell due over the six months

- document that you paid them (and also why you paid them, of course)

- and, best of all, get your 'mate' to agree to what has occured too?


Had a similar situation a few years back between my brother and one of his 'mates' and, to resolve that and similar matters since, tend to set it up so that:


- first, be clear in your own mind the amount owed by your 'mate' by way of documenting, for yourself, what fell due and when, so you can then...

- have a 'nice' and not too obvious exchange of emails about it, as it's amazing what people will admit to in emails :D

- and, once he's at least agreed the amount, ask for payment (which might be forthcoming)


Because of the sums owed to my brother by his mate (a four figure sum :mad:) it was basically a case of setting the mate up i.e. agree what was owed and how the amount fell due, giving the mate a chance to pay, and when mate (inevitably?) lets you down, again, let him know he's stuffed as he's already admitted to owing the money.


Admittedly, with my brother's problem, I used a promissory note at the tail end of it too (a whole other subject), but reading your post I was reminded of my brother's mate.


Then, it's 'just' a case of case of whether your risk pursing, say, an online claim (Info about - County court bulk centre - money claim online) based on what he has admitted to in emails. For the amount owed you have to decide if it's worth it - but a couple of emails to your mate may quickly give you a good idea as to which way it's going to go.


As for 'My housemate has already said he's pretty sure he's already given me the cash for it.' can almost see the type of initial emails to be sent


Sorry mate, no, you were always late with the rent! :) and that's after I had to chase you too.. We only got the utility bills after you had already been paid your share of the deposit back, which is why I had to stump up the money for the bills. So, you owe me £ for X, when can you let me have the cash? Cheers


An email won't cost you anything other than your time, so post again if need any help. You do have his email address though, don't you?


Just a thought, hope it may help.

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As for me, happy to help out. I am not a Landlord, but I have been in the past. I am not an Agent, but I have been in the past. I am, therefore, a has been, so always seek independent and suitably qualified advice elsewhere before relying upon whatever has been posted here :-)

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