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kelly1987 Avatar
7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
I've just had a letter from a bailiff on behalf of my property maintenance company.... apparently I owe them £850.31 even though I arranged with them to pay this by direct debit.... anyway the letter says

"Unless we receive payment of this sum within 14 days of the date of this letter we are instructed to issue court proceedings without further notice. You may contact us on .......... to discuss repayment options"

My question is If I have set up a direct debit with the property maintenance company (3 months ago) can they still take me to court??

I know I should ring them and ask them but they are closed now and I'm a worrier and won't get any sleep tonight.... I've googled it but not much luck

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kelly1987 Avatar
7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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#1
And isn't £850 a lot for 6 months of property maintenance?
#2
kelly1987
And isn't £850 a lot for 6 months of property maintenance?


ae they charging you for the whole year? like the council tax in advance:x
#3
If it hasn't yet gone to court the bailiffs are powerless anyway.
#4
The £850 figure will include the bailiff fees i presume
#5
plumberman01
ae they charging you for the whole year? like the council tax in advance:x


it was for 6 months service charge the reason we paid it late is because 12 months ago I paid £900 and thought that was for a year so I didn't pay the next £900 when it came (6 months later) as I assumed it was already paid... about 2 months after the request for that money they sent a 'warning letter' I then set up to pay it by dd (120 a month) and now this.....

Hope that makes sense
1 Like #6
well other people who are legally trained can give you better advice than me, but I'd call the property maintenance company and the bailiff tomorrow and work out who it is that you're paying....

when you're paying them and how much.... and make sure you dont renege on the deal you make or you'll find yourself with a court summons xx
#7
kelly1987
it was for 6 months service charge the reason we paid it late is because 12 months ago I paid £900 and thought that was for a year so I didn't pay the next £900 when it came (6 months later) as I assumed it was already paid... about 2 months after the request for that money they sent a 'warning letter' I then set up to pay it by dd (120 a month) and now this.....

Hope that makes sense


so the dd has been going?
#8
plumberman01
so the dd has been going?


Yeah for around 3 months
1 Like #9
I'm sure this will get sorted out once you've called them and spoken to them about the arrangements.
I hope you've written down a log of the person you spoke to when you arranged the direct debits, as I always do this incase something falls through, as companies do make mistakes.

They won't want it to go to court, so I'm assuming the 14 days is giving you notice to pay before then and inform them of any discrepancies. :)

If the payments have been going through, surely the court would see you're making an effort to complete payments and the direct debits are agreed by both parties.
1 Like #10
kelly1987
Yeah for around 3 months

dont think you can do a lot til morning then but at least you know you have paid so it must be a mix-up? i hope you have paperwork confiming the arangement?
#11
Call the maintenace company, make sure they have credited your account with paid installments and ask them to contact the debt collectors and close the case immediately.

After you spoke to them call the debt collectors and tell them you have been paying your instalments and that they should check with the maintenance company and call you back to confirm that the case has been closed.

As long as you have been paying the instalments, there is NOTHING to worry about, but you must talk to them. If the debt collectors ask you to pay some sort of fee, tell them to talk to the maintenance company.
#12
SUMMONER
Call the maintenace company, make sure they have credited your account with paid installments and ask them to contact the debt collectors and close the case immediately.

After you spoke to them call the debt collectors and tell them you have been paying your instalments and that they should check with the maintenance company and call you back to confirm that the case has been closed.

As long as you have been paying the instalments, there is NOTHING to worry about, but you must talk to them. If the debt collectors ask you to pay some sort of fee, tell them to talk to the maintenance company.


+1

But, get a letter confirming such from the company.
#13
something similar happened to my husband as well, he spoke to the citizens advise and it turned out that he legally didnt have to pay it ,so worth checking out where you actually stand legally with this type of thing,
also check what is written in your contract about these charges as well, the company said they were going to take my husband to court also but they didnt bother, as long as you are paying the agreed amount towards it and you dont break that agreement then they wont, probably just trying to get their money faster
be careful with these companies as they are just trying to get the money as fast as possible whether it is legal or not good luck:thumbsup:

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