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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.
      They took until the last day to respond and denied the claim, unsurprisingly saying my contract was with Packlink and not with them.
       
      I opted for mediation, and it played out very similarly to other people's experiences.
       
      In the first call I outlined my case, and I referred to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 as the reason to why I do in fact have a contract with them. 
       
      In the second call the mediator came back with an offer of the full amount of the phone and postage £146.93, but not the court costs. I said I was not willing to accept this and the mediator came across as a bit irritated that I would not accept this and said I should be flexible. I insisted that the law was on my side and I was willing to take them to court. The mediator went back to Hermes with what I said.
       
      In the third call the mediator said that they would offer the full amount. However, he said that Hermes still thought that I should have taken the case against Packlink instead, and that they would try to recover the court costs themselves from Packlink.
       
      To be fair to them, if Packlink wasn't based in Spain I would've made the claim against them instead. But since they are overseas and the law lets me take action against Hermes directly, it's the best way of trying to recover the money.
       
      So this is a great win. Thank you so much for your help and all of the resources available on this site. It has helped me so much especially as someone who does not know anything about making money claims.
       
      Many thanks, stay safe and have a good Christmas!
       
       
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Hello... I'm not sure how to post this, but here goes...

 

I believe I may be entitled to the Warm Home Discount. My home is rented and the gas & electricity is on a prepayment key.

 

The problem is that the accounts are in the landlord's name.

 

I contacted British Gas, but they say I'd need to change the accounts into my own name to apply for WHD.

 

Is this possible?

 

Mant thanks.

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You need to speak to your landlord, it is correct it is the bill payer who receives the discount and I believe the applicable date for this winter was 8 July 2018 - so you may be too late anyway.

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British Gas should have been informed of your details by the LL......you are the Tenant and User responsible for energy usage.Get him to update the details and then request details about WHD....as advised you will have missed the boat for this year but get it set up for next time around.

 

 

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Sorry if I have caused any problems over this.

The 8 July 2018 date is for those who currently get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit and as long as they make contact by the given date - 28 February 2019 and your energy supplier or you who were with if you have changed and they were part of the scheme then you will get paid.

 

If you claim direct to the energy company because of a low income then you have to stay with that company until you get paid but there is a limit to the number of people they can help.

Further details from https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

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A tenant can update the details with a gas or electric supplier, doesn't need a LL to do it .

 

 

Hello... I'm not sure how to post this, but here goes...

 

I believe I may be entitled to the Warm Home Discount. My home is rented and the gas & electricity is on a prepayment key.

 

The problem is that the accounts are in the landlord's name.

 

I contacted British Gas, but they say I'd need to change the accounts into my own name to apply for WHD.

 

Is this possible?

 

Mant thanks.

 

Yes.

 

Your paying for the G&E should be in your names away, Just ring BG or which ever supplier you choose and get the account transferred into your names.

 

The home warm discount is paid by a voucher with is applied to the pre payment keys when you top up...

 

Good luck,,,,

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Hi

 

What does your Tenancy Agreement say about Utilities i.e. Gas/Electric/Water etc

 

Does the Landlord own the Meters and charge you a certain rate for usage?

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