Being taken to small claims late bill payment
in Water bills
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in Water bills
Does anyone know after what period of time after issue of a bill a utility company can take a customer to court for non-payment?
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Well, that is exactly what the OP is doing, asking on here for people who have experience of this sort of thing.
and we will never, ever return.
I don't know either, but most W.Cos have a trust fund or something to assist people unable to pay their bills, but it's a long process.
What are your reasons for not paying ? Low income ? Person with high water needs ? Arrears ?
Sorry, that weren't the question. After what period of time after bill was sent can a utility company take it to small claims?
But what makes you think that a utility co. will use the small claims process? They'll just put a default on your credit file and sell the debt on to a DCO normally. .Since you say nothing about the circumstances, it's impossible to say.
don't know how long it would be, but why let it get to that stage, contact them now and explain situation, and sort out some arrangement.
Unless you dispute the bill, it's cheaper to settle now than incur further legal costs.
If they have jumped the gun you can request it be struck out.
The rules changed on October the 1st "amendment 59 civil procedure rules" many have not caught up yet.
If they have not correctly followed pre-protocol procedure, the case should be struck out in full and the Plaintiff must re-start, the fee's are not reclaimable.
have a good Read see if they have missed anything, if they have select to defend on that basis, you will still have to pay, but it may buy some time and knock out the added on fees: