Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
For now please let me know if you read the contract before you signed it please?
I did read it but no indication was given of the amount of cancellation fee, I also asked the staff several times if cancelling due to having to move out due to financial difficulties was ok as they had asked me if we were planning to leave. I had said not planning but our finances were fragile and we may have to leave and they said that was ok.
Does the contract tie you in for a fixed period? What does the contract say about cancellation?
Ok, so this is a rates appeal.
They want to charge you for the reduction for the whole term.
Are you closing the Limited company?
Ok- but did you get any reduction in rates?
Ok, so no rate reduction and you stopped the contract before they did any work?
Ok, then I can not see on what basis they are charging you.
The fact you have signed a contract ordinarily would mean you are stuck. Even if you did not read it, because you are in business that would cause you a problem.
But in this case they have not done any work
Under the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 they are entitled to a reasonable fee for reasonable work done
In this case no work was done and therefore in my view, save for a charge for administration they can not charge you
If they try to you can refuse to pay
All they can then do is issue proceedings in the County Court. If the claim is for £10,000 it would be a small claim and no lawyers are needed.
You can argue they have done no work and therefore can not charge this fee
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
You can get any High Street Solicitor locally to do this for you.
Does that help?