Bob receives a letter from Debt Recovery Plus about an overtime parking charge from a private “creditor”. What legal authority do they have to levy such fines and what is the worst that could happen if he does not pay it?
If it is under a private implicit contract under posted terms, are these not subject to unfair consumer contract term regulations?
The original overtime parking charge was £60 and they claim to have sent 2 precious letters which Bob did not receive. Due to not receiving a response to these, they have added £110 in administration fees. Are these not disproportionate and unreasonable compared to the original charge?
Furthermore, if it is a question of having accepted the posted contract terms by parking on the private property, why is the act of parking there deemed as acceptance of the contract terms and entering into a contract with the landlord rather than a mere civil trespass while rejecting the proposed terms of the contract?
The contract seems to say “I am the owner of this property. If you don’t accept these terms then you have no permission/license to be on my land.” If one goes on the land then the conclusion is clearly that Bob has either accepted the terms or is there without the owner’s permission (ie trespassing) for which damages are not generally available unless actual harm was caused. Why is one interpretation seemingly favoured over the other?