Debt Collection Agency (MIL Collections)
edited 10 March 2020 at 5:48PM in Debt-Free Wannabe
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Would be really grateful if anyone could give me some advice on dealing with a debt collection agency that is chasing me.
The debt is for unpaid energy bills back at the end of 2018. The debt was for about £400 and as I couldnt possibly pay it in one go, they very relctantly allowed me to pay it off in monthly instalments of £100. The person I spoke to on the phone was very pushy and I ended up agreeing to pay a far higher monthy amount than I could afford. I payed the first intalment in full on the day but last month I couldnt manage the agreed amount and only paid £60 which they were quite unhappy about. I was told that this month I would have to pay the agreed monthly fee plus the amount I missed before so £140. I told them that it is quite unlikely Id be able to and was mildly threatened that underpayment would result in an escalation of their pursuit, however they wouldnt give me any detail of what that would amount to.
Anyway this month hasnt been a good one and im not in a position to pay them back much at all. Certainly nowhere near the £140 agreed. The day the payment was due on was over a week ago and iv had a letter threatening me that if its not bought up to date they will force me to pay the full outstanding amount back in one go.
My question is can they do that? and if not am I allowed to make a new, more affordable monthly payment agreement with them? Also I paid £10 via bank transfer a few days ago as it was all I could afford and I just couldnt bear talking to them on the phone without knowing a bit more about my rights, does that payment give me any breathing room or is inconsequential?
Apologies for the slightly long winded post. (Im well aware that they have no power to enter/they cant take my stuff etc etc but id really rather it didnt go far.)
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