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I am in the unfortunate situtation that my flatmate owes me money. I stupidly agreed to sign up for a mobile phone contract and give him the phone, with him paying me the £30 a month. Now he's moved out and is refusingto give me any more money, what rights do I have, if any?

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Well, the phone and number are both yours. Unfortunatly you also have the liability of paying the bills, and if you don't your credit file will get fried.

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Hi debbie,

 

I suppose you could take him to the small claims court, a verbal contract in place. You might have witnesses to the arrangement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbal_contract

 

http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/

 

Before any legal action, send him a Letter Before Action. Give a deadline and payment method. Give 14 days. Send it recorded, that might just do the trick.

Let us know how you get on.

 

The other thing you could consider doing is to contact his mum/dad, maybe they can talk to him.

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You may need to write it up to experience if he's not interested in keeping his side of the arrangement. Do remember, if there is a default, it goes on YOUR credit file, not his. If there is a minimum term still to be completed on the contract, you have this liability too, so you need to take control of the situation and mitigate your potential loss.

 

First, contact the network and tell them you no longer have the handset, can they please arrange for it to be barred and a replacement SIM card sent to you. Once this is done, you can put the SIM in a replacement handset and take over the useage you agreed to. To prevent calls destined from ytour former friend, ask the network to renumber the SIM, as this will ensure the previous number will stay dead and the 'pal' have no idea what you are doing. You can also ask the network when your minimum commitmernt ends, and note this to cancel 30 days from this, should you want to.

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I stupidly agreed to sign up for a mobile phone contract and give him the phone, with him paying me the £30 a month.

 

Just a thought. Was there any reason he couldn't take out the phone contract himself?

 

I think the advice offered by Busby is the best way to go, at least he shouldn't be able to continue using a phone that you are paying for. Buy your own "unblocked" phone and stick the sim in that.

 

If for any reason you are not able to go down this route, I would contact your "friend" and tell him that if he doesn't return the phone you will report him to the police. You gave him the use of a phone which is in your name and if refuses to return "your property," technically he may be guilty of theft.

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I wonder if the network will block the IMEI of the phone in question (that would turn it into a brick)

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LOL yeah... I was skimming, looking specificly for the word "IMEI" (it was late :p)

 

The other thing you could consider doing is to contact his mum/dad, maybe they can talk to him.

Assuming it's a young 'un... some older people still do nasty tricks like this, and take advantage of friendships!

 

I think we're a distance away from talking court action though, however the usual CAG advice should apply. Keep correspondance in writing, keep letters polite and assertive. Explain that you require the phone returning, or payment in full for the contract, or you will take further action. The action I'd choose over small claims court is exactly what Buzby posted.

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