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    • So here is where things stand at the moment (sorry it's a very long post!):   I moved into this property in November.  I contacted both my electric and gas suppliers to change address and get my accounts moved over.   Electric - I closed my old account from my previous address, opened a new account for this address, set up a direct debit and requested they become the supplier.  The only thing that was outstanding on the account was a discussion about tariffs.  On 21st November they tried to call me but I didn't answer (judging from the time I was probably driving home from work).  I received a payment from them at the end of November from my previous account (which I clearly didn't check as I thought it was money going out for my direct debit).  I incorrectly assumed the call was about tariffs, which tbh, I'm not really fussed about. Their request to become the supplier was rejected but they didn't follow up on it or try to contact me again.  So I, like an idiot, thought it was all sorted out.  It's only now that I've been through my account that I realise they haven't been taking payments. I have spoken to them since Friday and the above is what they have told me has happened.   Gas - I closed my old account and have been trying to get a new account opened since November.  I have had several discussions with them re: the change request being rejected and they didn't know why it was being rejected but to leave it with them.  They told me at the beginning of this month it would be done by the 21st January.  During this phone call they said I could call the current supplier to make sure it goes smoothly but that it wasn't essential as they expected it to be completed by the 21st.  Last week they sent me a final demand for my previous address.  I contacted them to raise a complaint as I thought they were at fault, as I expected it to have been changed as per the above.   I spoke to them on Saturday and have sorted out my final bill and they have advised me to open accounts with the current supplier, Spark, clear them and then I can switch. Interestingly they also told me that Spark went bust in 2018 and it is a company called Ovo who are on the national database as the gas supplier.   Spark - This is the company who changed the meters on Friday.  I have two letters (one for gas, one for electric) that were left with the smart meter they had plugged in in the kitchen, both addressed to the previous tenant.  I obviously did open these on Friday.  Both letters state that they had changed the meters to prepayment meters.  There are several boxes that list current debt, amount of credit on meters etc none of which are filled in.  They also state that a booklet has been left explaining how the smart meter works.  There was no booklet. When I contacted them on Friday they told me that I was in fact on credit meters (I don't know if they changed this remotely when they realised I wasn't the person with the debt).  They also told me they had every right to enter the property and aren't able to check every time who the current occupant is and I should have told them I'd moved in.  I was told that someone would call me at 1pm on Saturday to discuss my complaint, thus far no one has called me.   I spoke with citizen's advice yesterday who really weren't much help tbh.  They said I should have contacted the current supplier when I moved in and provided a copy of my tenancy agreement.  I've moved A LOT over the years and have never had to do this.  I have checked several energy supplier websites and they all state to switch to them or move home simply to contact them and they will basically do the rest, not one of them states that you need to call the current supplier... obviously, on reflection I really wish I had!   My letting agent/landlord have requested that I take any post for the previous tenant to them and they will return it.  They also want confirmation of what type of meter (prepayment or credit) is now in the house.  The locks were changed when I moved in so only myself, the letting agent and the landlord have a key.  None of us let them in on Friday.     My next step is to open accounts with Spark/Ovo, clear the balances since November and then change suppliers.    All of the above have advised me to follow Spark's complaint procedure which I will do but as I said above they haven't contacted me so far re: the complaint I made on Friday.   Should I also contact Marston's to raise a complaint with them?   Whilst in all of this I do appreciate I could have done a fair bit to have made my life easier and probably prevented this happening (hindsight is wonderful!) my main complaint is that neither Spark nor Marston's felt they needed to perform a very simple check and see who actually lives in the property before breaking in.  I cannot for the life of me see how this is acceptable or legal.  Whilst they had the legal right and a warrant to enter the previous tenant's property as far as I am concerned they had no right to enter mine.    
    • I am in the process of looking on the land registry and it's showing on there alongside Lloyds bank,am going to look at deeds aswell  
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    • If you have insufficient evidence to support the claim, it is very difficult.   No point going to any Personal Injury Solicitors, as they are going to ask you questions to determine how easy it is to win compensation and for them to earn money.    Given lack of evidence and that you are unlikely to receive help from those who just seek to earn from the incidents, I can only suggest that you write to the HR Director/Manager to make a complaint. Do not say anything about looking to take them to Court for personal injury.  Stick to the facts about what happened and the way it was dealt with.  Ask for copies of the incident/accident report forms that should have been completed by the line manager responsible.
    • My point was that the fear being generated is disproportionate to the current threat. Initial under reporting of cases gave an inflated picture of the percentage death rate and images of cities in lockdown do look like a disaster movie so I understand why. This article is worth a read for some perspective. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/27/what-is-coronavirus-symptoms-sars-china-wuhan          
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I have a recieved a letter to a family members address from drydens fairfax solicitors ,

looking to see if i live there or if the occupant has details of my address , phone number ect.

 

I am abroad at the moment.

Should i call them.

I guess they are looking for self assessment tax.

 

I know i have been very slack over the years as i only work about 6 weeks a year in the uk.

And spend very little , time there not working.

 

I have a socialised job and i travel and try to get worldwide contracts.

To be a mastercraftsman i have to take jobs from others to gain knowlege and eventually achiving my dream of travelling the world doing the job i love.

 

I know i have been very slack on my tax as i have no idea.

Should i call them tomorrow and sort out this.

Should i speak to the uk tax first.

I have no idea.

 

Thanks in advance of any replys. 

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wont be anything to do with tax

it will be a consumer credit debt

 

if you've no assets in the uk safe to ignore totally

 

their client [stated on the letter]

will be a debt buyer/DCA

whom are totally powerless and not bailiffs anyway.

 

dx

 


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I read online that these people deal with hmrc debt. 

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I was recieving self assesment letters with bill  till the family member told them i no longwr lived at that address . Address is used for passport , DL , car tax and ins while in uk. 

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well you might have been

but I can assure you HMRC don't use theses fleecing muppets

but anyway whatever its about they are totally powerless 

 

dx

 


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Ok. . To find out what it is ?   Whats best way  tried online form didnt work emaild enquires no reply  ...cant call really being abroad  

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who says you should be talking to anyone on the phone about your debts?

theres NOTHING they can do to you anyway.

 

ignore them

 

dx

 


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Ye so im safe to assume that fkofilee. It could possibly from tax letters iv thot im inelligeble for  . Iv never been in this situation before  .  Iv spent most of my time in and out the uk since 2009. Got mad job .

As i fail to see what else it could be  .... i run a uk bank avvount no overdraft cards or ect  

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How should i proceed . As my thot at the moment is gain advice  ? 

 

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oh yes sorry

it was one of their silly policy changes a while back after they dumped the other DCA and their dogs

deal directly with HMRC only 

ignore the dogs they are powerless

cant hurt to ring or email HMRC

 

is this for the current [just ended] year?


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advantis that's it was so many years ago I forget HMRC has now signed another contract with powerless no bodies.

are you earning in the UK

if not cant see why they are after you 

unless its an old benefit over payment from years ago they've dragged up.

 

when was the lasttime you filled an assessment form out?

were you self employed?

 

dx

 

 


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I started this line of work when i was 19.. nw 30+ basically been travelling since i usually work in uk 6 weeks a yr every year  .  ..    .   Never said anything about it  to anyone i paid a big nat ins bill. As an accountant advised it ..yrs ago. . need to sort my tax out obvs . But who do u pay whrn ur travelling an doing odd jobs . At one point i had an accountant gaurantor for me . The bills came from then for not making self assessment  ...here we are  

 

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Well its just a phishing letter

probably the only thing you might owe is late fees i bet for non re turn of s elf assessment form at sometime

 

so theyve been done till now?

pers i cant see what hmrc can do to you really 

You cant be earning anything like the threshold for your uk earnings?

 


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No i mean jobs well paid its seasonal. So i kinda chase the sun. .. do 6 weeks here 6 weeks there 6 weeks as far as new z   ... the jobs can be anywhere  ... some i sign for some i dont  ..iv just been kinda winging it trying to get international contracts. So i can do what i do all year round. Which is not easy  takes allot of legwork.. lot of travelling  

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Would an accountant be able to get all that into order  ? 

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I would assume so.

but only deal with hMRC


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they probably want to collect the fortune in fines you have accrued for not fining your SA tax returns for the years you werent in the UK.

things get very complicate dwhen peopel work abroad but are domiciled in the UK.

Try speaking to HMRC or even the DWP about what it means, the DWP may be able to tell you abotu yopur NI contributions and how they afect your pension and give you a statement that you cna use to see what assumptions HMRC have made about where you live.

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 Thanks for any advice  not sure who DWP are. Iv just emailed company  .. see what damage is  at end of day. If i can then go sort ma tax out might be easier to work worldwide wi visas n that... or just do job i want to do legit. Which must be possible. 

 

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department of works and pensions.

 

dx

 


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Ah ok thanks for that  ..ill just get an idea of bill. Then see what options. Are  ..i hardly work in uk y weeks a year but then i do go all over. Iv no idea   but need to try an untangle all this. 

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