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When I left my old flat

(in the same road I'm in now incidentally,

a few doors along, the old one's waiting to be refurbed or demolished),


there was £281 owing on the bill by their reckoning.


Around £400 had been in dispute but they'd sent some of it off to a debt collector

who'd written me a nasty letter or two then gone quiet.

This was maybe three/four years ago.


The rest of the debt (or alleged debt, depending on your viewpoint) was simply carried forwards on the bill

and I paid every month the amount I thought they should have.


In November two years ago I mived to a different flat in the same road.


The leccy here was supplied by EDF but I changed it to BG as EDF didn't do a discount scheme for disableds.


I've received occasional emails from a debt collection company about this alleged debt since I've been at the new address.

I ignore them, life goes on :-)


Now today I get a letter from BG saying they're transferring the debt from the old account at my old address to my account one here.


Can they do that?


There's no problems paying the bills here, I should point out, I'm not in arrears or anything.


On Noddle it says late payment against my old account but my account here's fine.


The old one only got in arrears when a relative of the landlady's moved into the flat upstairs from me there there

and my leccy bills went through the roof.


The flats were conversions from an old, old property and eveerything was a bit higgledy-piggledy.


When he left, my bills went back to normal. Go figure, eh?


This went to court without my knowing and I lost.

BG sent the boys round to change the meter for a PAYG one with what they said was a warrant

but I refused to let them in and showed them my CPAP device,

an electrically-powered device which assists me with breathing when I'm asleep.

On seeing that they went away.


I managed to get BG to put me on the cheap tariff they had for disableds after that incident, managed to get it in writing.


Aapart from a few dumb emails,

since then there's been nothing and


today I get a letter saying they're adding the bill from my old flat to my bills for the new one.


So, can they do that?


Some might be wondering how BG could take me to court,

which involves advising me first, without my knowing.


Simples, they bombarded me with threatening letters saying more or less the same thing,

bad things would happen unless I paid up etc. which were all similarly formatted.


After you've read a few, you've read them all.

I just glanced at them and filed them after a while.


Then they sent one which appeared the same as all the others but when I went back to look at it later it did actually have a court date in it. Sneaky, huh?


can they add this amount from the old account at the old address to my new bill and account here?

You have to wonder why they didn't do it before if that is the case.

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