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As The Title Had a letter today from Cabot and JD Williams saying they had sold the debt to Cabot.

Have been paying a token payment after illness forced me to leave my job. The account had never defaulted.

My question is it legal to sell an account on to a debt collector without a default notice going on to the account first.

As all my other debts have been defaulted then sold on.

Thanks.

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is this:

 


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23 minutes ago, dx100uk said:

is this:

No this is a newish debt not the old one.

 

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No this is a newer debt with ambrose wilson taken out in 2017 thanks for your help

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I would expect it was defaulted years ago if you've been in a plan?

but yes they can be sold on.

no harm in sending the fleecers a CCa request now,

 

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I am afraid DX is incorrect here. Agreements have to be terminated before they can be sold to a DCA, in order to do this and comply with section 87 of the CCA there must be a default note sent time to remedy given.

 

CCAs cannot service an active account, they cannot give time to remedy then reinstate the account, they pursue sums under a terminated agreement. 


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What generally happens when a debtor pays a token sumto the OC for an extended time is the OC terminates and then sells to the DCA.


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ofcourse but termination doesn't show on credit files...and their are lots of cases here whereby a debt buyer continued to charge interest because a default notice was not issued..

right or wrong...it happens and was quite a big sc@m for them years ago particularly for Link.


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2 hours ago, Dodgeball said:

What generally happens when a debtor pays a token sumto the OC for an extended time is the OC terminates and then sells to the DCA.

Looking on credit file it shows as

Jd Williams Ta Ambrose Wilson
£ *****
20/02/2019
Up to date
so account never defaulted and now cabot has purchased the debt

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CCA request time me thinks

how much is owing?

any charges or PPI etc?

 


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£800 No usual £12 charges or other charges.

My question is can they sell the debt without the account going into default thanks.

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they don't have to issue a default notice to sell an account no

however

should the DCA ever try and litigate, its a requirement that one exists.


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You cannot assign an active account to a company whic has may not be registered for it,different registration and cannot provide the same service.


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You can assign to another lender of course. Look it up, assignment of debts in action law of property act.1925


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Much as I hate throwing 400 years of common law into the argument.

 

The assignor may assign any right unless (1) doing so would materially change the obligation of the obligor, materially burden him, increase his risk, or otherwise diminish the value to him of the original contract; (2) statute or public policy forbids the assignment; or (3) the contract itself precludes assignment. The common law of contracts and Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) govern assignments. Assignments are an important part of business financing, such as factoring. A factor is one who purchases the right to receive income from another.

 

In the case of a CCA agreement, this would be the assignment of a live agreement to someone who cannot provide the same "value" to the obliger(debtor). The assignment would be void. Once the agreement is terminated after default, the sum is just that, there are no more obligations from the assignor (OC).  Without equal performance, the assignment would be void'

 

Now forget all that 101 contract law stuff.

Lets look at the CCA 1974 section 87.

 

 

 

 

87Need for default notice.

(1)Service of a notice on the debtor or hirer in accordance with section 88 (a “default notice ”) is necessary before the creditor or owner can become entitled, by reason of any breach by the debtor or hirer of a regulated agreement,—

(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I think the above you refer to is with regards to contracts..not credit agreements...and its also USA Law not English.

 

https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_law-for-entrepreneurs/s17-01-assignment-of-contract-rights.html

 

Debts can be assigned without defaulting or termination...should not and its rare but it does happen

 

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section 87 was introduced into the act as a protection against rogue lenders who tried to terminate agreements unfairly and demand full payment of the debt.

 

It says that upon breach by the lender the creditor can only ask for those sums he has missed. That is until the creditor has given him a fair chance to pay what he owes. Section 88-89 says, if he does pay for his missed payment(arrears) the creditor must abandon any claim for the rest of the loan and permit the debtor to repay by instalments as per the contract, this, as well as all other rights he can expect from the creditor, is maintained. It may well be that the debtors right to draw credit is returned.

 

A DCA cannot provide this service, it is why the agreement must be terminated before it is sold.

 

 

 

 


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Andy an agreement is a contract if enforceable, this is common law, doesn't matter if it is from the USA. Jeez


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Wikapoedia?

 

The common law favors the freedom of assignment, so an assignment will generally be permitted unless there is an express prohibition against assignment in the contract. Where assignment is thus permitted, the a, no seriously I dont mond.ssignor need not consult the other party to the contract. An assignment cannot have any effect on the duties of the other party to the contract, nor can it reduce the possibility of the other party receiving full performance of the same quality.how about wikaperdia

 

There must be equal performance Andy.

Otherwise, a flour mill who has a contract with pie shop could assign the agreement to the local; mortuary :)

 

Seriously the law would not permit the debtor to be forced to accept his contract to be replaced, by one of lesser value

 

Would you like me to explain about agreements and contracts now? A contract is an enforceable agreement, there you are, no charge.


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A standard form deed of assignment under which a lender (the assignor) assigns its rights relating to a facility agreement (also known as a loan agreement) to a new lender (the assignee). Only the assignor's rights under the facility agreement (such as to receive repayment of the loan and to receive interest) are assigned. The assignor will still have to perform any obligations it has under the facility agreement.
The standard document contains an option for the assignor to assign to the assignee the benefit of any supporting security or guarantees related to the facility agreement.
 
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8 hours ago, Dodgeball said:

 

section 87 was introduced into the act as a protection against rogue lenders who tried to terminate agreements unfairly and demand full payment of the debt.

 

It says that upon breach by the lender the creditor can only ask for those sums he has missed. That is until the creditor has given him a fair chance to pay what he owes. Section 88-89 says, if he does pay for his missed payment(arrears) the creditor must abandon any claim for the rest of the loan and permit the debtor to repay by instalments as per the contract, this, as well as all other rights he can expect from the creditor, is maintained. It may well be that the debtors right to draw credit is returned.

 

A DCA cannot provide this service, it is why the agreement must be terminated before it is sold.

 

 

 

 

Took time to read the cabot letter and it  reads as follows 

 

we have recently bought your account you held with JD Williams.

we are here to help you manage your account.

good news we are happy to accept your token payment of £1 a month.

 

Then the bad news as follows.

information you need to know.

the amount is lower than the minimum contractual payment for this account of 4% of your outstanding balance, as required by the terms of your credit agreement .

This means that arrears will start to accrue on your account.

 

 Were happy to continue with these payments but we need to make you aware that if you stop paying or are not able to repay the accrued arrears after 6 months your account may become defaulted.

it then goes on to say what a default means about reporting to credit ref agency's etc.

 

I did think when a debt collection agency took over your account they were not allowed to add any charges.

but it seems they can As JD Williams have not defaulted me for this account.

 

Any suggestions how i proceed with this thanks.

 

 

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no they cant 

only the original creditor can.

don't forget that CCA request.

 

to be honest the quicker it does get defaulted the quicker if falls off your file

so if its an advantage they default you and if you really should complain about it are 2 differing matters...


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18 hours ago, Andyorch said:
A standard form deed of assignment under which a lender (the assignor) assigns its rights relating to a facility agreement (also known as a loan agreement) to a new lender (the assignee). Only the assignor's rights under the facility agreement (such as to receive repayment of the loan and to receive interest) are assigned. The assignor will still have to perform any obligations it has under the facility agreement.
The standard document contains an option for the assignor to assign to the assignee the benefit of any supporting security or guarantees related to the facility agreement.
 
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Yes, I have read it and in fact, did a precise on some forum or other. Indeed your answer is contained in Jones.

 

The fact is that this was a loser before it started, Goode had already commented on the section (189) of the act referring to the assignment of duties as had Gest.

 

In an absolute assignment, one of the implied terms is that any obligations necessary for the assignment to work are also assigned together with the rights. In this case, it was any parts of the legislation, it was the legislation that Bennion referred to when he wrote that the assignor is the recipient of rights and duties in the act, not other duties under the contract.

 

It is also apposite that assignments must transfer all of the liabilities under it, of course, until the DN is settled only the arrears are due.

 

Assignments are made under the LOPA to functioning agreements also, and the new creditors do inherit some of the obligations, including providing credit.

 

I read a very amusing account of the case from a high court judge, a lot of his opinions you may not like,  but he is worth listening to, see if I can find it.


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Here it is. enjoy.

Richard Mawrey QC’s Consumer Credit Column October 2012

‘Aunt Sally’

In the unlikely event that claims farmers ever required a patron saint, the most obvious candidate would be Aunt Sally. As readers will surely know, Aunt Sally is a fairly basic throwing game. What was originally a crude model of an old woman’s head (sometimes with upper torso) and is now a stylised ball and stand, is set up and the object is to knock it over by a well-aimed shot. There are obvious affinities with a coconut shy. Its origins are obscure, possibly mediaeval, possibly early modern, and it was a staple of the Victorian fairground. Indeed it may be related to the grisly game where a live chicken was tied to a stand and the object was to throw sticks at it, with whoever killed the wretched bird taking it home for his supper. Nobody seems to know who the original ‘Aunt Sally’ was but the game is still played very keenly in pubs in the Thames Valley, particularly in Oxfordshire.

Over the years Aunt Sally has come to signify an argument or proposition which is set up only to be knocked down. Although, of course, the intention of the claims farmers is a million miles away from creating Aunt Sallys (possibly Aunt Sallies?), this is precisely the game they have been playing for years, to the great profit of the legal profession and the great annoyance of the courts.

It all started with the catastrophic decision of the Blair Government, egged on by the anti-lawyer media to destroy legal aid in civil cases and adopt the ‘No win, no fee’ expedient of the Conditional Fee Arrangement. Older and wiser heads in both branches of the legal profession and in the judiciary predicted that this was the green light for all manner of shysters to batten on gullible members of the public by fomenting litigation from which, in most cases, (even were the litigation to be successful) the shysters would be the only ones likely to benefit.

The Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) had, by the Millennium, been chugging along relatively peacefully for a quarter of a century. Although the provisions of some of its dependent regulations could be very onerous, particularly the Agreements Regulations, by and large both sides of the industry had come to accept the system and it was working pretty well. Sadly, two things then coincided. First, the Government issued the White Paper Fair, Clear and Competitive; the Consumer Credit in the 21 Century and then embarked on a decade-long campaign of turning the existing law upside down, to the detriment of almost everyone (bar, of course, the lawyers). Secondly the enormous claims-farming industry of bringing personal injury claims ran out of steam – and indeed ran out of credibility and, more importantly, money. Thus the claims farmers needed to find fresh pastures just at the time that Government was opening up fertile new acres.

The result was, predictably, that the courts became clogged as the claims farmers took more and more bad points under the CCA in their attempt to sell to a public over-burdened by consumer debts a series of magic remedies that would get all those debts cancelled. The provisions of the Agreements Regulations in both their original and their post-2005 versions were mined for any possible nugget of hope that a debtor might scoop the pool and have his debts rendered permanently unenforceable. It took years of patient efforts by creditors’ lawyers and some noble members of the circuit bench to knock all these Aunt Sallys off their perch.

Then came the exploitation of the various provisions requiring creditors to provide copies of the original agreement on demand or requiring them to provide statements of account at regular intervals. One hopes that, to change the metaphor, all those very undeserving hares have now been run to earth.

But human ingenuity knows no bounds and 2012 has seen the shysters come up with yet another attempt to create a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card for the feckless debtor. As will be seen, this particular wheeze involved not merely scraping the bottom of the barrel but boring through to the floor beneath.

The stand on which this particular Aunt Sally was set up was the law of assignment. Indeed in its starkest form the argument reached the point of saying that a regulated consumer credit agreement could not be assigned at all. How did this come about?

To quote the great sage Nigel Molesworth, ‘any fule kno’ that the Law of Property Act 1925 s 136 provided for the legal assignment of what were described as ‘choses in action’, meaning essentially for our purposes the benefit of a contract or debt. Three conditions have to be met

  • the assignment must be absolute and not by way of charge
  •  
  • the assignment must be made in writing and
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  • the assignment must be notified in writing to the debtor.

If all these formalities are complied with, then the assignee steps into the assignor’s shoes and takes the benefit of the contract or debt and becomes the only person entitled to enforce it. Once he receives notice of the assignment, the debtor must pay the assignee. If he pays the assignor (ie the original creditor) he simply does not discharge the debt and the assignee can sue him for it.

This is black-letter law which we all learned at our mother’s knee. Indeed it is one of the very few pieces of law I learned in Oxford in the early sixties which time has not rendered obsolete. And it is important law in the context of credit because the assignment of credit agreements by creditors has been an important feature of the UK credit industry since before the War. When I started at the Bar, many finance companies (as they were then known) operated block discounting agreements whereby a portfolio of credit (usually hire-purchase) agreements would be assigned by the original creditor to a discounter. These agreements were often quite elaborate, with provision for recourse to the original creditor in case of default by the debtor or for compulsory re-assignment of the agreement in that event.

Thus, when the CCA was enacted in 1974 the assignment of credit agreements was a well-known feature of the credit industry. Consequently, when Mr Francis Bennion (still with us and writing pithy and probably correct letters to The Times querying the lawfulness of Mr Grayling being appointed Lord Chancellor) sat down to draft the Consumer Credit Bill he wrote into it several provisions dealing with the consequences of assignment. And for nearly forty years nobody considered that those provisions had in any way affected the basic law of assignment as it had existed since New Year’s Day 1926.

So what was the peg on to hang the startling notion that the CCA had made assignment of regulated agreements impossible? Rather improbably it was section 189(1), the section containing all the definitions. The main body of the Act places a multitude of obligations (and grudgingly confers a few rights) upon ‘the creditor’ and ‘the owner’. The ‘owner’ is, of course, the technical name for the creditor when the contract is one of hire-purchase (or consumer hire) but for these purposes we shall concentrate on the creditor.

By an uncharacteristic sloppiness in drafting (et adnuit Homerus) Mr Bennion’s definition of creditor (slightly amended by the CCA 2006 but not in the crucial respect) now reads:

‘“creditor” means the person providing credit under a consumer credit agreement or the person to whom his rights and duties under the agreement have passed by assignment or operation of law, and, in relation to a prospective consumer credit agreement, includes the prospective creditor’.

Clearly, therefore, the definition is intended to encompass the assignee of a credit agreement, whether that person is a contractual assignee or an assignee by operation of law, such as a trustee in bankruptcy or personal representative under a will or intestacy. Where the drafting was sloppy was in the phrase ‘to whom his rights and duties under the agreement have passed…’

Now it is equally black-letter law that, while one can assign the benefit of a contract, one cannot assign the burden. Otherwise every debtor in the land would assign the contract to a man of straw and let his creditor whistle for the money.  Thus it would appear at first blush that the CCA was defining a creditor as someone to whom both rights and obligations have passed by assignment. This might seem to be contrary to the rule that the burden of a contract cannot be assigned.

Les grands fromages of the consumer credit world, Professors Goode and Guest pointed out this infelicity from the outset and, in the case of the former, his writings on the subject in Goode Consumer Credit Law and Practice have been continued by his unworthy successor (guess who?). What they pointed out, however, was that the duties of a creditor were not the same thing as ‘the burden of a contract’: they were the conditions imposed on the creditor by the CCA in return for the creditor being permitted to enforce the contract. All the CCA was doing was enforcing a very old common law rule which said that assignee of the benefit of a contract took that benefit subject to all the conditions necessary to be fulfilled to enable him to obtain that benefit.

This not very startling proposition was made clear in Guest’s Encyclopaedia of Consumer Credit Law, in Goode, in Denis Rosenthal’s Consumer Credit Law and Practice – A Guide and all the other authoritative works.

This did not deter the claims farmers one little bit. I, and other consumer credit lawyers, were inundated by calls from worried creditors faced by arguments from the farmers that only the original creditor could enforce a credit agreement because the effect of s 189(1) was to deprive an assignee of the rights of a creditor. Most assignees stood firm, leaving the farmers to make their usual mistake, namely that of trying their luck in the courts. And it has to be said that, initially, they struck gold (or, more technically ‘fool’s gold’).

In Jones v Link Financial Ltd [2012] EWHC 2402, Mrs Jones was a habitual defaulter who had run the patience of her original creditor, GE Money Consumer Lending Ltd, to breaking point. In desperation, GE assigned the agreement to Link. This was an entirely kosher s 136 assignment of which written notice was given to Mrs J. Link sued her.

Amazingly, the county court judge in Blackpool actually accepted the argument that CCA s 189(1) deprived an assignee of the status of a creditor because the definition purported to breach the rule that the burden of a contract cannot be assigned. I must say that Blackpool folk seem to have gone weak in t’head since I did seven years hard at school on the Fylde Coast. The effect of the judgment would be that the assignee could not enforce because the definition of creditor excluded him owing to the rule about assigning the burden and the original creditor could not sue because he had divested himself of all title to the agreement by the assignment. The judge did however hold that CCA s 141 entitled an assignee to bring proceedings against a debtor even if this was nominally on behalf of the original creditor. He gave judgment for the debt.

Mrs Jones appealed. Before Hamblen J she was represented by one of the bright young Turks of my own chambers (Richard Roberts), true to the tradition of the Bar that a client is entitled to have her argument advanced no matter how hopeless (tactlessly I told him it was hopeless beforehand which can’t have helped). Hamblen J was made of sterner stuff than Judge Butler. With the smug glee of a bridge player laying his hand on the table to show that each card is a winner, the Judge laid out the citations from Guest, Goode and Rosenthal and said, in effect, ‘my rubber’. He held that s 189(1) had not created an unassignable consumer credit agreement, still less a situation where neither the assignee nor the original creditor could enforce the agreement, a conclusion the judge rightly castigated as ‘absurd’. Link was entitled to recover in its own right and the heresy that CCA s 189(1) has made regulated agreements unassignable and, if assigned, totally unenforceable, has, one hopes, been extirpated. Assignees will go on enforcing contracts, as they have since the days of Lord Birkenhead (the godfather of the 1925 property legislation).

So Hamblen J’s deftly thrown ball knocks yet another Aunt Sally from her perch. Pints all round, barman, I fancy.

Richard Mawrey QC is a consumer credit expert practising at Henderson Chambers. He has been a specialist editor of Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice for thirty years and is co-author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Consumer Credit Act 2006 and Butterworths Consumer and Commercial Law Handbook.

 


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So where dose this leave me Dodgeball

do I ignore the cabot letter as they have  broken the terms of the consumer credit act by their actions.

Or do I point this  out to them.

 

This really should have been defaulted by JD Williams and then passed on to cabot.

As I have been making token payments of £1 a month for the last 9 month.

 

thanks.

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