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Do the terms say you can be billed for sending just bids please?
No I dont think so
Then if the terms do not state you can be charged for bids then legally you can not
This forms a contract
They have no basis of charging you
The contract sets out the rights and responsibilities for each party
As such if the terms do not say they can charge then they can not
Even if they can you can rely on Regulation 5 of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts 1999 which states
(1) A contractual term which has not been individually negotiated shall be regarded as unfair if, contrary to the requirement of good faith, it causes a significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations arising under the contract, to the detriment of the consumer.
(2) A term shall always be regarded as not having been individually negotiated where it has been drafted in advance and the consumer has therefore not been able to influence the substance of the term.
Therefore no, you don't have to pay
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
No I think that is ok for now.
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