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· Feb 27th, 2024
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Dealing with a surprise letter from LCS Debt Recovery (LCSDR) can be a bit scary, but don’t fret. You’re in the right place to learn about your options. Each month, over 170,000 people visit our website to find information about their debt issues.

In this article, we will discuss:

  • Who LCS Debt Recovery are.
  • Why they may have contacted you.
  • If you should pay the debt they claim you owe.
  • How to know if the debt is really yours.
  • Ways to stop LCS Civil Enforcement from contacting you.

We understand that dealing with debt can be tough, as research shows 64% of UK adults find interactions with current debt collectors stressful1. Luckily, this guide will help you understand your rights, your options, and how to make the best choice for your situation.

Let’s dive in.

Could you legally write off some debt?

There are several debt solutions in the UK, choosing the right one for you could write off some of your unaffordable debt, but the wrong one may be expensive and drawn out.

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How much debt do you have?

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Why are LCS Civil Enforcement contacting me?

If you have LCS Civil Enforcement chasing you, you probably have unpaid debts.

They will chase the debt on behalf of the company you took out the credit with, such as a credit card company.

You may not have heard of them before, and they might pop up out of nowhere. They are contacting you now because they have probably just purchased the debt.

Debt collectors can get quite a good deal when they snap up your debt. The original creditor is the one that really doesn’t gain much as they sell it on at a much lower rate to get rid of it.

For instance, you could have run up a loan of £1,000 and the debt collection company may buy it for only £200, but they will still chase you for the £1,000. Therefore, if you do pay, that’s a profit of £800 for doing not very much at all.

To put this into larger numbers, debt collection agencies buy billions of debt annually at rock bottom prices – at an average of 10p to £1!2

This explains why there are hundreds of debt collection agencies in the UK, and also why they are so eager to get you to make payments. They are so eager that some will even resort to abuse and harassment to try and get you to repay your debt.

You could even be chased for a debt that you aren’t liable for.

Finding out if it’s your debt

If you are able to, your first instinct when you receive the debt letter is probably just to pay up, as quickly as possible.

While this is definitely a good idea if you have LCS Civil Enforcement debts, you need to establish that you do owe it first.

Don’t jump into making debt payments unless you are sure it belongs to you. We always recommend responding to debt collectors – even just to question the debt’s validity. Remember, you have the right to request proof of the debt. They have to prove it, or they can’t charge you.

It is easy to get confirmation, just write to LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors and ask them to send you a copy of your credit agreement. There is no legitimate reason why this would be an issue if they have purchased the debt. If you are sure that it’s your debt, you now need to work out if it is enforceable.

If it has been 6 years – or 5 years in Scotland – since you last paid towards your unsecured debts and you have not written to your creditor about your debt during this time, it is statute-barred.

This means that the debt is not enforceable.

It still technically exists, and you still technically owe the money, but there is no legal way for you to be forced to pay or for the debt to be enforced.

Keep in mind that not all debts become statute-barred!

Any HMRC debts, for example, will stay enforceable for decades. Any debt that had a County Court Judgement (CCJ) attached to it during the 5 or 6-year window it will be enforceable for 6 years but can be ‘reactivated’ by going back to court for another judgement.

How a debt solution could help

Some debt solutions can:

  1. Stop nasty calls from creditors
  2. Freeze interest and charges
  3. Reduce your monthly payments

A few debt solutions can even result in writing off some of your debt.

Here’s an example:


Situation

Monthly income £2,504
Monthly expenses £2,345
Total debt £32,049

Monthly debt repayments

Before £587
After £158

£429 reduction in monthly payments

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Why should you pay?

When you consider that their business operates on collecting debt payments, if no one pays, they have no business.

The debt may be quite old and you could be wondering why they are even still bothering with it, especially if it is a sum amount. It might seem like they are spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to get the payment from you, and they probably are, but if they don’t, no one would bother to pay!

If you do owe the money, clear it off with LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors, or come to an arrangement to pay it.

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The potential repercussions of debt collectors

Debt problems are common nowadays, and no one gets into debt deliberately.

It is one thing being contacted by debt collectors, but quite another when they are bullying you or making you feel humiliated about your debt issues.

This only stands to escalate the feeling and make the situation worse for debtors.

If you are being pursued by LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors or another debt collection agency, it could cause devastation to your life.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but if you are struggling with debt and your phone is constantly ringing with agents just waiting to give you a hard time, it can lead to severe distress and even depression.

There have been reports from the debt support trust that even state some people end up feeling suicidal because of their debt. Some people feel they have nowhere to turn, and no way of getting out of the despair caused by the debt.

They feel utterly humiliated and disconnected from friends and family, to the point that they want to give up.

No one should feel like this and due to the escalating problems, the government were asked to look at lenders and their practices in more detail to try and offer better protection to borrowers.

It’s always a good idea to know your rights and what debt collectors are entitled to do in cases like these. Here are some general aspects regarding what debt collectors can and can’t do when trying to recover a debt from you.

Debt Collectors Can But They Can’t
Contact you by phone or mail. Call you after 9pm or before 8am.
Conduct home visits (on rare occasions) and knock on your door. Forbily enter your home, or stay if you ask them to leave.
Threaten to take you to court by suing you for payment on a debt. Harrass you, including threats of violence, repeated calls and visits, or abusive language.
Negotiate a debt settlement. Tip: make sure to get this new arrangement in writing. Visit your workplace.
Access your bank account, but only after a court judgment has been made. Take anything from your home or threaten to do so.
Sell your debt. Speak to other people about your debt without your permission.
Contact you frequently. Keep doing so if you request that they reduce communications.

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Other options

If you are struggling with your debts, you may wish to consider a debt solution.

There are several different debt solutions in the UK, so we recommend speaking to a debt charity for some free debt counselling and financial advice. Their advisers will be able to find out which solution is best for you.

Debt Management Plan (DMP)

A DMP is an informal debt solution that lets you pay off your debts via a single monthly payment.

Because it is informal, it is not legally binding so you are not tied into a DMP for a minimum number of payments.

Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)

An IVA is a formal agreement between you and your creditors. You agree to pay a monthly sum that is distributed amongst your debts, and your creditors agree not to contact you during your IVA.

IVAs typically last for 5 or 6 years, and any outstanding debt is wiped off when it ends.

Keep in mind that IVAs are not suitable for everyone. You need to owe several thousand pounds to more than one creditor to be eligible. You also need to demonstrate that you have some disposable income every month.

Trust Deed

IVAs are not available in Scotland. Instead, you will need to opt for a Trust Deed.

Trust Deeds work in the same way as an IVA – you pay an agreed sum each month that is shared amongst your creditors, they can’t contact you, and any leftover debt at the end of your Trust Deed term is written off.

Debt Relief Order (DRO)

A DRO is a good option for those facing financial hardship with no assets and little income.

For 12 months, you make no payments, but your creditors freeze your interest and don’t contact you.

If your finances haven’t improved during this year, you may be able to write off your unsecured debts.

Bankruptcy

If you have debts but no realistic possibility of ever paying them off, you may need to declare bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy has an unfair stigma attached to it as it may be your only way of getting a financial fresh start. That said, it is a serious financial situation that should not be taken lightly.

Sequestration

Sequestration is the Scottish version of bankruptcy.

If you have little income and no valuable assets, you may be able to apply for a minimal asset process bankruptcy (MAP). A MAP is a quicker, cheaper, and more straightforward version of sequestration, so worth considering.

Can You stop LCS Civil Enforcement from contacting me?

No, you won’t be able to completely stop LCS Civil Enforcement from contacting you, because they may be legally required to do so. However, you have the ability to communicate your contact preferences, such as requesting that all communications regarding your debt be conducted in writing rather than over the phone.

How Can You Complain About LCS?

If you think that LCS has been unreasonable or behaved inappropriately, you can make a complaint. You can also make a complaint if you feel that they have broken any of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) guidelines.

Fortunately, filing a complaint against LCS is quite straightforward!

Make your first complaint to LCS so that they have the chance to sort out the issue themselves. If you feel that they have not taken your complaint seriously enough or have not addressed your issue properly, you can escalate matters.

You can make any secondary complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). They will investigate and, if your complaint is upheld, LCS may be fined. You could even be owed compensation.

Make sure you keep your wits about you when dealing with debt collectors.

How can You contact LCS Debt Recovery?

You can contact LCS about your debt, arrange a direct debit, or even speak to someone about further action in regards to your debt.

Trading address: First Floor West Wing
Town Centre House, The Merrion Centre
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 8LY
Phone: 0344 543 9001
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-1pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.lcsdr.com/
Chat: live chat service

FAQs

Is LCS a debt?
Yes. LCS Financial services are a debt collection agency registered with the FCA.
Why have I received a letter from LCS?
If you have missed multiple payments with a creditor, your debt may have been passed on to LCS who will send you letters and often call you in order to get you to pay them.
What happens if you don’t pay LCS?
If you ignore and don’t pay LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors you can expect them to keep contacting you, and maybe even turn up at your doorstep. Eventually, they will likely take you to court.
Do LCS Solicitors have a legal right to take you to court?
LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors would be able to take you to court, but you would have received a County Court Judgement first, and plenty of additional warnings.
Will you be sent to jail for the debt you owe?
No, you will never go to jail because you have debt.
What happens if you receive a CCJ and ignore it?
Ignoring a CCJ may lead to bailiffs being sent to your home, and they may end up taking some goods away to pay for the debt.
Can LCS Solicitors issue you with an arrest warrant?
No, LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors will not be able to issue an arrest warrant – they have no such powers. They can get a CCJ against you though.
Are LCS Solicitors the same as bailiffs?
No, LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors are not bailiffs, they are debt collectors and they don’t have the same power as bailiffs. Some will pretend to be, but this is not the case!
Can LCS Solicitors visit you at your house?
Realistically, yes, it is entirely possible that LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors could turn up at your home, but you can turn them away and there is nothing they can do!
Can LCS Solicitors force entry to your property?
No, LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors do not have the right to force entry. They could get a CCJ against you, and that may result in bailiffs at your door.
When will LCS Solicitors give up?
LCS Solicitors Debt Collectors will not give up chasing the debt until you pay or the 6 years has expired. They will try and use all possible options first.
When is a debt too old to collect?
The debt only becomes too old when 6 years has passed, according to the Limitation Act 1980. This starts from the time you last made a payment, or discussed the debt.
How long will you be chased for debt?
It is difficult to say exactly, as all debt collectors are different, but they could chase you for 6 years, unless they get a CCJ against you. In which case, there is no limit.
How to write off the debt?
The debt could possibly be written off after 6 years has passed or if you enter into an IVA, it may also be written off.
Could you legally write off some debt?

Answer below to get started.

How much debt do you have?

This isn’t a full fact find, MoneyNerd doesn’t give advice. We work with The Debt Advice Service who provide information about your options.

References

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  2. JubileeDebt, A Fresh Start Over Covid-19.

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
Janine Marsh Profile Picture
Debt Expert
Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.