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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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Where do i begin.... 

 

I have 3 mobile phone lines in my name and was fine as they were for family members.  But then i encountered some serious mental health issues and had to hand control of my finances to a 3rd party to manage them. 

 

things seemed fine until today i have received my account back and have realised that the mobile phone bills have not been paid since i became ill (over 2 years ago).  There is now an outstanding amount of £2471.25 on the account, so i contacted vodafone to see if i can arrange a payment plan for this and to question why they have let it run up so high without any sort of contact or restrictions put in place to stop this but they aren't concerned about that they are just saying they want the money in 3 months and the lines will stay open,  or i can pay over 6 months but the line will be restricted.   

 

I wondered if there is any help or advice about for me on how to deal with this.  I have returned to work but am only on part time hours at present so although i have offered to pay them it would not be only say £100 a month rather than the £400 plus over 6 months they are asking for.

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Hi. I'm sorry to hear about your problem.

 

You say these phones were for family members. Would they contribute towards the bills do you think?

 

When you say a third party managed your finances, was this a member of the family, a friend or a professional please?

 

HB

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Hi there they were for my kids.  (both under 16) and the 3rd party was my partner at the time who is no longer in the picture.

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Further more vodafone have also durin this period provided a new mobile phone and contract to one of the lines at an increased line rental rate to the previous one this was done while there was still a huge amount of debt on the account and no mention was made about it.   Oh and a head up due to my illness i am classes as a vulnerable adult of which i have made vodafone aware of on occasion before.

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