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    • why did you enter into pointless letter tennis? have you had a letter of claim or a court claimform?
    • Hi Guys   I moved into my new home 2 years ago and it already had a smart meter.  I switched to Utilita (gas & electric) because there is no daily standing charge.  However, when I spoke to them in October the agent said that I had used gas during the summer months.  The central heating is the only thing that uses gas and I had no reason to turn it on during the summer as I use fan heaters instead if it get a bit chilly.  I accept that my monthly direct debit needs to be increased (currently £50 for both - one occupant) but I wonder if there is anyway that I can prove that I wasn't using the heating during the summer.    I had assumed that the payments I was making during the summer for gas would have been credited to my electric account but was shocked when they told me that there wasn't any credit.   They say that I now owe about £500 each for gas and electric but as they didn't alert me earlier to the fact that my monthly payment was too low, they are willing to set up a payment plan for me to repay this. This is the first time I've had a smart meter and I would like to know if it's common for them to give inaccurate readings?     I will set up a payment plan with them but would also like to know if I can switch supplier in the meantime?   Can I refuse to have a smart meter?  What is a better option?   Your advice would be much appreciated.  
    • Well firstly you haven't addressed my question as to when it was purchased. Secondly, is there another model which has the same functions that you are looking for?
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    • Lowell has written to me concerning this debt on the 23rd of Jan 2020. letter states: We have noted the contents of your letter and we understand that you have no knowledge of this account. We are able to offer the following information regarding the account. • Agreement start date: 19/06/2014 • Application address: Flat 4, 3 Kempsford Gardens • Tariff Description: Phone BB Hardware • Disconnect Reason: Cessation by BT • Original Creditor: BT Retail Consumer • Mobile Number:02078351401 ( this is a landline ) • Client last payment date: 16/12/2014 • Client last payment value: 86.16 this is not £499.00 • Default date: 27/08/2015, this doesn't square with last pay date. • Airtime Debt Value:257.94 • Early Terminate Fee:241.99, can they charge this? • Billing Date:27/03/15 LOW105_230120 497503_ MACHINE \ 116\247 \ lof2 \ Airtime Debt is for the services used and the Early Termination Fee is calculated to reflect the remaining months of your contract which remain unpaid from the date of your account closure. We have requested from BT PLC a copy of the statements for the account to help clarify this matter for you. We will write to you further once we have received this documentation and in the meantime your account is on hold.   I obtain the SAR. it is attached: this is all they hold. 1. Can you explain the implications of the response  and the SAR as far as Lowell being able to collect the debt?   2. I responded to Lowell with this letter: Lowell Financial Ltd. 4875 Dear Sir: I write to you in response to your letter of 23 January 2020. Insofar that a relationship may have existed between myself and BT I cannot recall this account (Agreement) and request that you supply me with a copy of the Account/Agreement and other documents listed in the bullet points of your response. I  deny any breach  of the purported agreement. You have failed to supply me with a copy of the agreement requested . I have never received any evidence that you are the legal owner of the debt, by assignment, sale and purchase agreement or otherwise. I have never received and am unaware of any legal notice of assignment or Notice of Assignment pursuant to Law and property Act 1925 Section 136(1). This document is not referenced in your response. I deny that I have failed  to maintain the required payments to BT. It is denied that I have failed to respond to demands for payment sent by you and/or its agents. Lowell is put to strict proof that any such demands have been sent to me by you. a). Lowell appears to  admit it is the assignee of a debt, it is denied that the Lowell has the right to lay a claim due to contraventions of Section 136 of the Law of Property Act 1925.  b). It is further denied any funds are due Lowell  because the Lowell appears to have sold this debt to another firm in 2019.  Lowell must therefore show how it has legal right, either under statue or equity to collect this sum from me. I  deny owing any money to Lowell  and you are required to produce evidence to support your claims that this sum is in default, due and owning this includes: a. Show how the I  entered into an Agreement. b. Show how I  have reached the amount claimed for. c. Show that I  failed to maintain the required payments and the service was terminated as claimed. d. Show that the statute of limitations on this alleged debt has not passed. 7. As per Civil Procedure Rule 16.5(4) it is expected that Lowell must  prove the allegations that the money is owed; having been provided with written requests for information under CPR 31.14 and to date have failed to provide any such documentation as detailed in its response letter.  8. Notwithstanding the above should the alleged amount claimed include an early termination charge(s) amounting to the entire balance of the remaining contract. OFCOM guidance states that any Early Termination Charge that is made up of the entire balance if the remaining contract is unlikely to be fair as it fails to consider the fact that the provider no longer has to provide and pay for their service.  You state that the balance due includes £241.99. You must remove this from any collection efforts, and I dispute that this and all other balances are owed by me. 9. Show that I was residing at Flat 4 3 Kempsford Gardens on the alleged defaulted date of 27/08/2015 or any other date after 16/12/2014.  Alternatively remove any debt you allege is owed  because back billing and billing for unused services is not allowed. 10. Please explain Lowell reporting to the credit bureaus that the debt outstanding to BT is £674. The account number concerning 3 Kempsford Gardens Flat 4 which I hold is another account number which is BT xx7 start date is 15/07.2013. 11. The account number you claim is owed to you is an original account number BT xxx 07. You claim the start date on this account is 19/06/2014. Please explain the discrepancy between these two accounts including ownership of both accounts, and why there are two accounts you allege for the same address with different dates. Alternatively, if you have no explanation: You must cease and desist from collection activity including reporting to the credit bureaus, pre claim letters and any other forms of collection activity with immediate effect. Please write to me confirming that you will take no further action. Failing this I will file a counterclaim and ask the court for costs. Kind Regards      I received the email below last night: "I can see that we also hold the following account details for you:   Account Number Original Client Original Client Reference Current Balance XXX192 Orange xxx321 £285.91 XXX875 BT PLC xxx207 £499.93   I can see that the above BT PLC account is currently on hold, as we are requesting information from BT PLC directly.   1. how long does BT have to respond? the date of Lowell letter was 23rd of Jan. 2. if BT doesn't respond within that time frame, what can I do to get the account removed from the Credit reports? . 3. how can I get Lowell to stop collection if BT doesn't respond? what is also interesting is I have a letter from Lowell for the orange account and also a BT account, but the balance is £199.11 and the account number ends in 192. There are too many account numbers with different balances for the same address. any suggestions how I address this with Lowell?   Lowell writes:   "The period for recovering your Orange account by court action has expired. We will not be issuing court proceedings to enforce payment. However, your debt still exists and legally we are within our rights to continue to ask you for repayment. With this being said, this account does not look to have a payment arrangement set up as of yet. How would you like to proceed with this account going forward? If you can let us know then we can look to assist you further".   If the time has expired to collect a debt from orange, how do they have a right to collect? seems the SOL runs for both. how should I respond?   In the meantime, I have placed your Vodafone and Orange accounts on hold for the next 30 days to give you time to get back to us.   Can you give me some suggestions on how I unravel this and respond? Thank you.  SAR_BT.pdf
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NSL/Marston lifted/towed my van re;DVLA no tax fine but now found they damaged

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The summary is that I collected my van after it was towed, drove it 20 metres and saw a panel come loose, I went inside to report it and immediately emailed them, they have since refused the claim as I had already collected the vehicle.

 

The story:

 

- Van towed

- Van collected, signed out 12:00

- Van appeared visually to have no new damage, was not allowed to drive it until paperwork signed

- Upon driving it a plastic exterior panel came loose (this appears to be from when it was craned onto of truck)

- I stopped the vehicle 12:03 and walked into their office to report damage

- I emailed photos to head office 12:08

- NSL initially claimed they examined photos and damage was pre-existing

- I requested CCTV footage of my visit under Data Protection Act. I provided them a copy of my ID, photo, description of clothing as well as letting them know I was the only member of public/customer on-site for the duration of my visit

- CCTV footage denied on basis I "was not recognisable" after they reviewed footage

- Initially refused to provide any photos of vehicle

- Finally produced 0.3 megapixel images, much too low resolution to see anything, but certainly confirming their claim the damage was pre-existing is false

- Refuse to provide original full resolution images despite multiple requests

- Latest excuse I was gone 15 minutes and could have caused the damage during this time. Clearly a false assertion given I emailed them within 8 minutes and was in their office within 3 minutes of leaving.

- I feel by refusing to provide CCTV footage and full resolution photos they are obstructing my ability to prove they caused the damage

 

The damaged panel tore off at 30mph while trying to go to have it looked at, luckily no other vehicle was damaged, in hindsight I should have driven with the panel being damaged. But this proves the damage is very unlikely to have been pre-existing as the van couldn't be driven.

 

So I intend to pursue through the small claims court. My questions are:

 

- I can't afford to fix the van right now and as it is cosmetic, I can still use it without fixing the panel. Can I get a quote from Renault and claim on MCOL for the value of the repair?

- Although I was gone only 3 minutes and drove 50 metres from NSL yard directly to NSL office, I did still take the vehicle before reporting the damage, this was due to the panel being pushed into place (but not secured) and therefore not visible until the vehicle was moved. Will this work against me when making a claim?

- Does their repeated lying (first claiming it was pre-existing, then falsely claiming I was gone 15 minutes and could have caused the damage then) work against them?

- Does withholding CCTV where I was the only non-high vis person on-site on the basis I was not "identifiable" work against them (clearly I was identifiable, I was the guy without high vis on)

- Does failure to produce any original images, just very compressed images of the van before and after towing, work against them?

 

How strong a case do people think I may have?

 

I have exhausted their complaints process.

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.

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who are nsl?

what are they doing lifting your vehicle in the 1st place?

 

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please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

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NSL are contracted by the DVLA to tow vehicles that have unpaid tax. My van was sitting a while and I was travelling, and I forgot to tax it.

 

I subsequently taxed it, paid my DVLA fine, held my hands up and took responsibility. But am now trying to get NSL to pay for the damage they caused.

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I wonder what the DVLA's responsibility/involvement is within this

as NSL were operating for their client the DVLA


please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

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My fine was paid directly to the DVLA, my towing and storage fee was paid directly to NSL, I therefore assume that any implied contract regarding the wellbeing of the vehicle would be with NSL.

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a client is equally responsible for the actions of their dogs.

 

 


please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

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Apart from maybe going after DVLA instead/as well, does anyone have any insight on any of the points I raised? Especially this one:

 

- I can't afford to fix the van right now and as it is cosmetic, I can still use it without fixing the panel. Can I get a quote from Renault and claim on MCOL for the value of the repair?

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Before considering a claim, you would need to obtain a quote for any damage. 

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