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    • Good evening,   I'm yet another person who didn't think before acting when it comes to a gym membership. I've had a read of quite a few threads before joining so I'm not exactly worried as I see the majority outcome is overwhelmingly positive from the members here, but I hope it's okay that I could seek some personal advice regarding dealing with Harlands myself?   I assumed that "no contract membership, no ties, cancel any time, no joining fee" meant I could cancel my direct debit through my banking app within my first month if I decide I don't like the gym (which I didn't) and absolutely nothing would come of it, I just wouldn't be able to get in the gym anymore. So I cancelled it a couple of days before my second payment was due, which I now see was a stupid thing to do.   After already cancelling my DD I then thought I'd better cancel it on X4L's website as well. Turns out "no ties, cancel any time" should actually read "30 day minimum cancellation window requiring two further payments". As they said my final payment would not infact be due 24th October, but instead be 24th November, even though when I cancelled my membership through the website, the 24th November was OUTSIDE of their 30 day cancellation window. Since I cancelled my DD during my first month without telling the gym and awaiting their cancellation window (which seems like such a scam when you read "no ties, cancel any time") it meant that my payment due 24th October bounced.   I feel extra foolish by the way, because I was certain I took a screenshot of my cancellation notice but cannot find proof of it anywhere, so I really hope that doesn't come back to bite me either.   Anyway as of today I began recieving text messages (which I cannot block - if someone could advise on that, that would be great!) and they also sent me this email:     And that letter reads:     I am well aware that from this point I will need to offer to at least pay the £14.99 for the bounced payment, which I am more than happy to do. I'm just worried that I'm also going to have to owe them £14.99 for November (despite it being outside of their 30 day window). I was just wondering at this stage do I send a letter to Harlands offering to pay the bounced payment but say I will not be paying the admin fee, and give them 14 days to accept that offer? And should I also send a letter to X4L explaining the situation, and ask for their pursuasion in getting Harlands to accept my offer?   Many thanks in advance to whoever responds, hope you can help a fool out!
    • I have a section 75 I started on the same day as the MCOL. You might think it strange to do both but I have zero faith in my bank, Santander take 3 months to process a S75 and so far rejected two other claims due to a force majeure clause, something the EU and UK government have said the pandemic is not. Both these claims are now with the FOS but the ombudsman's is currently working to a 4 month delay.   I really take another case taking 7 months to conclude, it's soul destroying.
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    • Hi dx, thanks for your response.   they haven't touched my credit file actually and I have all receipts and a proof from the buyer (screenshot of bank statement). They asked to see a V5C and I told them that I don't have it, this is the bone of contention. They have now closed the account but still refuse to issue a check for my balance. 
    • After seemingly purchasing groceries online via tesco.com I arrived at the click and collect point to find the cost of the goods had increased by 15%.   Price offered at checkout £150, price charged on collection of goods £172.50.   Customer service decline to refund the difference and insist what was indicated at the time of purchase was a "guide price", I maintain had this been obvious I would have made a difference transactional decision.   References to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations Act 2008 seem to be unpursuasive.   Perhaps someone else has a similar experience or knows a more effective lever?
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      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.
       
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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. 
       
      You only have to look at TrustPilot to get an idea of what this company is like.
       
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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.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      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.
       
      The money you are paying them should, as far as you are able, be put to a savings account for yourself and as a means of paying of one of these fleecers should they ever manage to get to to the point of a successful court judgement.  After six years they will not be able to start court action and that money will then become yours.
       
      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      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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Tomorrow is the big day for me. I have printed of three copies of the statment of affairs form, 99 pages, and am off to court in the morning. What else will i need to take with me other than £600. Do i need i.d, bills etc... or just the forms and money.

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To file for bankruptcy, you will need records with the following information:

  • The amounts and type of your debts. Include credit card debts, loans, taxes, and unpaid medical bills. Note whether the debts are secured (backed by something you own, like your car) or unsecured. You'll have to know how much you have left and the payment history.
  • The dates when you incurred your debts. For credit cards and loans, you'll need to know the amount of purchases, cash advances, or balance transfers for the last six months.
  • The value of each of your assets. An asset is anything that you own, have a right to own, or own a part of. Items are valued at what you could sell them for today, not what you paid for them.
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    • retirement accounts
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    • lawsuits in which you are a plaintiff
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You'll need to report your monthly income and expenses. If you own real estate, you'll need to know the current fair market value for each property; how each title is held; the current amount owed on each trust deed, mortgage, lien, or liens against it; and the date the property was purchased. If you receive rental income, you'll need to know how much rental income you've received.

Whether you have been a party to a lawsuit in the last year and if so, the current status of the case.

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