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    • Hi there. So I am currently being scammed by a hire company that I have used previously in the past. I had rented a car from them some time ago but it seems they are using my details fraudulently now. It is not really much of a hire company, more like a small family outfit with just a guy and his son with a small office who rent a few cars out. I have received a letter from police regarding a hit and run on a car I have never rented. Spoke to the hire company and it seems they are doing dodgy stuff on the side.   I had no involvement in the incident, nor did I hire the vehicle involved in this incident. The hire company passed my details on to the police when they were requested for information despite the fact that I did not hire that vehicle from them. I believe that they had kept my details from a previous time I had hired a vehicle from them in 2020. I believe they used this to information from a previous hire agreement to fraudulently pass liability on to me.   They have since sent me a pdf of the hire agreement they had with another person on the dates of the incident and have told me that this was the person who actually hired the vehicle. Additionally the pdf they sent me was not signed by either the hirer or the hire company so I am a bit suspicious they plan to pass this along to someone else in the same way they've done to me. I have just filled out a response to the police letter filling in the info section that I was not the driver and putting the information that the hire company gave me of the "correct" details of the person who hired the vehicle. I have also included a hand written letter explaining the situation that this was probably fraud by the company and that I was not involved in the incident nor was I the person renting the vehicle. I just sent the response to the police a few days ago regarding this.   Additionally, and probably even more surprising given the fraudulent activities these guys are undertaking, they have sent me a MCOL claim for +£10k for this accident they are trying to pin on me. They have included cost of premium, insurance, repairs and time off the road. Absurd seeing as I did not hire the vehicle from them. Hopefully the police issue is sorted out with the info I sent them, although I do worry that they won't accept the hire agreement the company sent me as it was not signed by the hirer or the company, but that is a question for later when they respond. Regarding the MCOL claim, I do not know what I should do. The son at the hire company (who is the guy who sent me the copy of the hire other hire agreement) is ignoring me and the dad at the front desk is claiming he does not have information on what his son may or may not be involved in. This is all becoming stressful. I am not sure whether I should counter claim, defend or can just inform MCOL that this is a fraudulent claim that I should never have been dragged into. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks.
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    • Hi   I agree with the above post.   Could you clarify is your building a mix of council & leaseholders or leaseholders only?   The Major Works Charges you mention they have added you are entitled to ask them for clarification on exactly what these works are, when they are going to be carried out, by which company and for a breakdown of their costs for these Major Works.   As you mention as an example your windows you need to have a good read of your Leasehold Agreement to see who is responsible for what maintenance. As an example only your leasehold may have a clause that the leaseholder is responsible for the maintenance of the windows again eample only so have a good read of your lease.   If their are other Leaseholders as mentioned in a previous post it may be worth talking to other leaseholders about setting up a Residents Association as this would be another way to challenge the Management Company as long as they recognise your Residents Association.   Couple of links for you:   https://www.lease-advice.org/faq/how-do-i-form-a-residents-association/   https://www.fpra.org.uk/  
    • urm thats interesting there should have been a windscreen ticket  as they've waited more than 28 days to send the NTK...well spotted.     NTK.pdf
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    • Hi @BankFodder
      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
      So I issued the claim on day 15 and they requested more time to respond.
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Hi, I would be interested to know if any one has any ideas, info or thoughts on the above??


I seperated and divorced 19 years ago. My daughter is now 19 1/2 and in those 19 years CSA only managed to obtain two payments for a couple hundered punds. The case is now closed when she reached 19 and I had a letter from them saying he owes me £5000!!! Not bad for 19 years is it!!!!!!!


Basically he gave up his job, claimed benefits eversince and has worked self employed but the CSA have never gone after him as they say they cannot do anything whilst he is claiming benefits and the enforcement team will not go after someone on benefits.


He owns his own property, is re-married and I wish him a very happy life, no hard feeling what so ever but I would like this money plus interest as my daughter could do with it to help with university fees.


i am wondering if CSA won't do anything can I take him to court myself for this amount or am I wasting my time. Im sure if a judge said they would freeze his asstes, sell his home and remove his passport he would cough up pretty quickly!!


It frustrates me so much that the decent, honest absent parents are the ones persecuted all the time and the cheats only have their own conscience to answer to!:mad2:

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Call/write to CSA and tell them if he alone owns his house (but if jointly they can't do much). (They can check the Land Registry for ownership). Even if he is on benefits they should still be pursuing his debt. Find out what kind of team the case is held with and insist that they pursue the debt.

For debt enforcement to be able to use bailiffs/charging order on house, they will have to get a liability order from the mags court. They can only get one if the debt was accrued after 12th(?)July 2000 due to a non-consumer barred statute.

If they are not able to do this they should still keep contacting him for payment. There is also a way for them to apply to his bank to take money as long as it's not a joint account.

Hope this helps.


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