Court summons to "The Occupier"

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
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BenH2BenH2 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
Hi, I pay my bills by DD and am not in arrears or owe them anything.

However, Unitd Utils have been sending bills addressed to the occupier for months now, for £155., for a different account reference.

I called them and they told me to ignore them, but a notification of a court claim came today. I am worried about it - it's at my address and I'm concerned it could affect me credit rating. Should I do anything or just ignore it?

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  • I would give your utility supplier a call again and perhaps get something in writing from them to confirm that you can ignore these.

    As far as I'm aware, your credit scoring is no longer based on your address but on an individual basis.

    There must be a reason why these are being sent to your address? Have you been living there a while, as these could be intended for the previous occupier and they haven't settled their bill upon moving/leaving co. as customer?
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    Don't call.

    Write and explain the situation!
  • mattomatto Forumite
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    I would caution against giving them your name.

    They can't get a court summons unless they have a name. I presume what you are getting are threatening letters most likely from a debt collection agency.

    Are United Utilities your supplier at all?
  • roger56roger56 Forumite
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    I agree with Cardew, write to them - send signed for as well to prove it arrived - you can track and trace here:
    http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/track?catId=7800129

    As for not giving your name, well you know you have paid regularly and can prove it, so what is there to worry about? In the letter, summarise the amounts and payment dates and ask why you are being double billed.

    Just a thought, are the meter point reference numbers the same on both sets of bills (not the account reference number)? If not, then one set of bills may be wrongly being sent to your address.
  • BenH2BenH2 Forumite
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    Yes United Utilities supply my water. The letter is from Concilia, a debt collection agency, and says "Notice of County Court claim". I am not going to give them my name. The letter does not have the meter reference number, but I remember when I moved here there was confusion over the meter, and someone came round and sorted it. Also, the address on the bill is slightly different to my address. If they cannot get a county court summons without a name, then I am inclined to not worry too much.
  • Gorgeous_GeorgeGorgeous_George Forumite
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    When you write to them, advise them, that you charge £12 per letter. If they credit YOUR account you will consider not suing for harrassment.

    They have no right to treat you in this way.

    Good luck.

    :)

    GG
    There are 10 types of people in this world. Those who understand binary and those that don't.
  • A courts summons can't be issued to The Occupier, as mentioned it will be a letter from a DCA. Write to UU and advise them of the dates you have lived at the property (providing completion statement/tenancy agreement if nec). If the letters don't stop, write to the revlant ombudsman, this should get a little more attention.

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  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    BenH2 wrote:
    Yes United Utilities supply my water. The letter is from Concilia, a debt collection agency, and says "Notice of County Court claim". I am not going to give them my name. The letter does not have the meter reference number, but I remember when I moved here there was confusion over the meter, and someone came round and sorted it. Also, the address on the bill is slightly different to my address. If they cannot get a county court summons without a name, then I am inclined to not worry too much.

    So do you feel that they won't be able to get hold of your name?

    If, as stated in your opening post, you don't owe them anything, what are you concerned about?

    Saying there was confusion over the meter, and thinking a slight difference in addresses is to your advantage, seems to change the initial post somewhat!

    If I was as certain of my grounds as you originally were, I would happily let them take me to court and get some damages.

    I can't help thinking you are playing a dangerous game, with apparently no reason to do so.
  • BenH2BenH2 Forumite
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    I have written a strongly worded complaint to them regards the bills, and have requested in that you inform me in writing that I do not owe this money, and that they stop sending me these bills. However, I expect I'll recieve more of these demands in the near future, and probably won't get a reply to my letter for week and weeks.

    Thank you for the suggestions and advise. I'll let you know how I get on...

    Cheers.
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