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    • I think there's a difference between obsession and wanting the UK to be well-managed and to get the best possible deal for the economy.
    • I remember Ceredigion I think, was it the council that had an ex-science teacher in charge? I think I may have posted the article I read about how their system actually worked.   It's a shame other people didn't follow,
    • Hello and welcome to CAG.   Have you spoken to Santander about the problem and asked about extending further? I'd have thought your situation isn't that unusual so they should have experience of it.   We had a not dissimilar situation a few years ago, fwiw. Our buyer had been messing about for months, or rather his call centre coveyancers had. Like you, every time we looked like exchanging, they raised another query and it all seemed to get stuck on the insurance for a leasehold flat by the management company. In the end, our solicitor gave them a deadline of a few days and said if they didn't exchange by then, we were pulling out.   This was a risky strategy and their paralegal ignored emails until after the deadline. In our case, the deadline didn't help us to exchange but we were able to start again with a new buyer. I know this won't be what you want to hear, but it can work the other way. You could also talk to your lawyer about what can be done, if you haven't already.   Best, HB    
    • Tell me about it.   I was against Brexit but somehow I managed not to allow myself to turn my opposition to it into an obsession. 
    • Hi all,    I'm looking for some advice.  Stupidly I was caught shoplifting around £30 worth of items from tesco.  (been going through a lot recently and just been in self-destruct mode)   Police were called and I was given a recorded warning from them.     However today by suprise I recieved a letter from a solicitors called DWF.  The letter states that I've to pay they £125.   Now I have read a lot of posts that say just to ignore them, but I'm sure none of them had the police involved.     Can anyone give me some advice on if I'm required to pay this ?   PS I've really shredded the letter and gave the remains to my fire pit.  
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    • I came across this discussion recently and just wanted to give my experience of A Shade Greener that may help others regarding their boiler finance agreement.
       
      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
       
      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.
       
      A month later and ASG attended to service our boiler but in the process left the boiler unusuable as it kept losing pressure not to mention they had damaged the filling loop in the process which they said was my responsibilty not theres and would charge me to repair, so generous of them! Soon after reporting the fault I got a letter stating it was time we arranged a powerflush on our heating system which they make you do after 5 years even though there's nothing in the contract that states this. Coincidence?
       
      After a few heated exchanges with ASG (pardon the pun) I decided to pull the plug and cancel our agreement.
       
      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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