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Hi I stupidly opened a spread betting account in December 2006

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Hi I stupidly opened a spread betting account in December 2006 thinking I was receiving a free £1000 bet. Unfortunately I lost the one and only bet placed and ended up owing £1200 which I did not pay. In Feb 2007 a CCJ was registered against me and in march of that year a third party debt order was actioned against my bank account resulting in £150 being frozen. Since then I have received the odd letter about once a year demanding money which I have ignored. Last week I received a letter from the firm stating I owed over £6000 and If I did not make arrangements to pay within 14 days they would transfer the CCJ to the high court enforcement. I do not have any assets and live at home with family. What should I do as I do not have the money to pay this debt. I am worried that ballifs will come and break in and take items that do not belong to me as my family are away for 3 months. The CCJ is nearly 8 years old. thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

You dont need to worry about the CCJ

Alex Watts :

They need to apply to the Court for permission to enforce it

Alex Watts :

It wont simply be transferred to the High Court

Alex Watts :

If it is over 6 years old they need permission to enforce from the Courts

Alex Watts :

Given the age and lack of anything I do not think they would get that

Alex Watts :

You could apply for a Debt Relief Order because you have little in terms of assets and debt

Alex Watts :

Once the DRO is granted and you come out of it any debt is written off

Alex Watts :

For more information please see:

Alex Watts :

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.insolvency.gov.uk/bankruptcy/alternativestobankruptcy.htm

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

will the debt relief order stop me getting a mortgage?

Alex Watts :

Yes it will

Alex Watts :

But if you owe the debt then there would be no getting away from it

Alex Watts :

You would need to make arrangements to pay

Alex Watts :

But you can do this now without a CCJ

Alex Watts :

But if you want to get the debt written off - they need to apply to the court to enforce

Alex Watts :

If they don't they cant

Alex Watts :

But if they do - you need to take action

Alex Watts :

Does that help?

Customer:

thanks.

Alex Watts :

Is there anything else I can help with today?

Customer:

that's all thanks

Alex Watts :

Great. If I could invite you to rate my answer before you go - the button should be at the bottom of the screen

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