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    • Scornpaul
    • By Scornpaul 7th Feb 18, 5:23 PM
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    Energy Company chasing an unpaid bill 3 years late
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    • 7th Feb 18, 5:23 PM
    Energy Company chasing an unpaid bill 3 years late 7th Feb 18 at 5:23 PM
    Good day friends!

    In Feb 2015 I and housemates moved into a new house, immediately I changed the energy supplier to NPower and carried on as normal. Eventually (I can't remember when exactly), we received a bill, from Spark Energy, for the first few weeks before the new supplier took over, for a ridiculously high amount. We challenged that amount and heard nothing back. 2 years later, after we had all parted ways and moved out, we received a chaser letter. At that time, none of us could remember the original situation so we challenged them again. A year later, we received a legal letter....

    Normally, I understand the protocol of an unpaid bill, but given that we challenged the bill on two occasions without reply, and the shear length of time it has been between communication, what are our rights? Do we have any at all?
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    • Andy_WSM
    • By Andy_WSM 7th Feb 18, 8:58 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 8:58 PM
    but given that we challenged the bill on two occasions without reply, and the shear length of time it has been between communication, what are our rights? Do we have any at all?
    Originally posted by Scornpaul
    Do you have any evidence that you challenged the bill? Do you have meter readings from when you moved in & when you changed suppliers? Preferably backed by photos?

    If not...guess what? I think you'll have to pay up.

    • Scornpaul
    • By Scornpaul 7th Feb 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 10:23 PM
    Do you have any evidence that you challenged the bill? Do you have meter readings from when you moved in & when you changed suppliers? Preferably backed by photos?

    If not...guess what? I think you'll have to pay up.
    Originally posted by Andy_WSM

    I guessed I would... when we challenged them it was over the phone so I guess there SHOULD be evidence somewhere... finding it, though, will likely be too hard.

    Just seems so odd to not chase an invoice for over 2 years!
    • J B
    • By J B 7th Feb 18, 10:37 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 10:37 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 10:37 PM
    Just curious as to how you received a letter when you have all moved out??
    • Spark Energy: Jenny
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    • By Spark Energy: Jenny Verified User verified user 8th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
    Hi Scornpaul

    Sorry to hear about this.

    Can you pop me an email to the address given in my profile please? I'd need your full name, the supply address and any other information you can provide about the contact you've received.

    Kind regards

    Jenny
    Customer Relations Manager

    Good day friends!

    In Feb 2015 I and housemates moved into a new house, immediately I changed the energy supplier to NPower and carried on as normal. Eventually (I can't remember when exactly), we received a bill, from Spark Energy, for the first few weeks before the new supplier took over, for a ridiculously high amount. We challenged that amount and heard nothing back. 2 years later, after we had all parted ways and moved out, we received a chaser letter. At that time, none of us could remember the original situation so we challenged them again. A year later, we received a legal letter....

    Normally, I understand the protocol of an unpaid bill, but given that we challenged the bill on two occasions without reply, and the shear length of time it has been between communication, what are our rights? Do we have any at all?
    Originally posted by Scornpaul
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    • Scornpaul
    • By Scornpaul 8th Feb 18, 11:49 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 11:49 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 11:49 AM
    Just curious as to how you received a letter when you have all moved out??
    Originally posted by J B
    Who knows how these things work. Presumably my housemate gave a forwarding address to our old landlord (she received the letter, not I) but I know you can be tracked pretty easily these days.
    • Scornpaul
    • By Scornpaul 8th Feb 18, 11:54 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 11:54 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 11:54 AM
    Hi Scornpaul

    Sorry to hear about this.

    Can you pop me an email to the address given in my profile please? I'd need your full name, the supply address and any other information you can provide about the contact you've received.

    Kind regards

    Jenny
    Customer Relations Manager
    Originally posted by Spark Energy: Jenny
    Thank you Jenny, will send over what we have shortly.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 8th Feb 18, 1:40 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 1:40 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 1:40 PM
    Cases similar to the OP's scenario occur many times. The usual reason is that the outgoing occupants fail to inform the energy company that they are leaving, and the incoming occupants(OP in this case) fail to take meter readings when they move in; and inform the energy company of those readings.

    The inevitable consequence is that the incoming occupants get billed for some of the outgoing occupants consumption.
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