Quote: Originally Posted by MrMephitis
Quote: Originally Posted by SGT Oddball
Rubbish!! these people are only doing a job that wouldn't be nessesary is people were not so reckless with their spending.
If you aint got it, dont spend it! - simples.
I wasn't reckless with my spending the ex was, unbeknown to me. And as for them "only doing their job", I suppose this means they are allowed to use illegal methods and intimidation does it?
I had an uncertified bailiff offer to use a complete strangers car as 'collateral' against an agreement to pay off the loan.
I had another try to add £285 charges to my debt illegally as his head office had 'forgotten' to process a payment I had made 4 months previously and then tell me if I did not have it when he returned the following day he was going to strip my house of all it's goods.
No, these people are not scum at all...
Although I was not going to add any more to this thread I just HAVE to add one more item seeing how someone in the UK has been threatened UNLAWFULLY with exhorbitant fees.
Of course people should pay money they owe - but sometimes people THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN can lose their jobs / get made redundant, get divorced, become ill etc etc.
For Heavens sake in the I.T Industry particularly we should know about jobs being "Off shored" etc etc. Financial commitments in these circumstances need to be changed and it is the intransience of the financial institutions themselves which bent over backwards to lend money in the first place which causes the problem.
Most people who actually get into debt are not reckless spendthrifts --some are but in fact the majority are not - believe me I've been around a long time in all sorts of places.
Anyway to the UK person who said he got charged GBP 285 -- Bailiff's in the UK CANNOT force their way in to your property for "Civil" -- Includes Council Tax" Debt.
--you can "Repel Boarders" with "reasonable force" --i.e eject them from your property with Baseball Bats etc unless they have a proper Court authorisation WITH POLICE in attendance -- which they NEVER have and you don't have to pay ONE PENNY to them
You still have to pay your council tax of course however or make an arrangement with the council. (This does not apply for Parking, Magistrate court fines - HMCS, and Income tax / VAT arrears) -- Administration and Enforcement Regulations Act 1992.
If they don't leave they are TRESPASSING and you can have them on that score alone.
Also these "People" are only allowed to charge 24.50 GBP for a "First visit" and 18 GBP for a subsequent visit if they turn up. "Van charges" etc are 100% ILLEGAL.
You actually don't EVER have to pay these vermin for council tax etc etc - so DO NOT EVER LET THESE GUYS IN.
Once you have admitted these people into your home then unfortunately - all bets are off so NEVER EVER LET THEM IN - even if a guy tries to use an underhand trick like sayin - Can I use your "bog / loo / restroom" - a coomon ploy to catch out the unwary - but I'm too wise for that piece of Bovine Scatology.
The law will only protect you if you HAVEN'T let these guys in. You don't by law have to pay these people one single penny for civil debt - although its your choice if you just want to get rid of the problem --then you have to pay the 24.50 or 18.00 GBP fee plus the back tax --NOTHING EXTRA.
As someone who works in the UK but is also away a lot I almost got stung by this - I was renting a flat in the UK but got behind with the council tax -- and being away at the time the wretched business esaclated up through the court system until I returned back into the UK -- I had a Bailiff's letter wanting 780 GBP for a 523 GBP bill for back Council Tax plus a "Threatogram" of 222 GBP for "Van fees". Told them to go and make a Sexual move with a Duck.
I made an arrangement with the council -- paid off the arrears but am initiating 2 Court actions myself -- One against the council for employing people they KNOWINGLY know who have broken the law (unlawful fees) and one against the bailiff company itself -- Extortion --threatening demands for money (excessive "unlawful charges" - Van fees etc which are NOT provided for by UK law) .
Incidentally also in the UK if you can "Repel" these obnoxious vermin for 90 days (again only for "Civil Debt - not parking etc fees) then the "NULLO BONO" provision comes into play -- the ENTIRE debt must be returned to the local council etc - so the council cannot say "This account is now in the hands of the Bailiff's).
Anyway good luck all and happy holidays (preferably without a visit from the Bailiff's).