Boiler insurance - Charged for cancelled service

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If you are being charged for a service that you have cancelled then something has gone wrong. It is important that you raise the issue as soon as possible with the company. It is important to explain what has happened, when you cancelled and how you communicated. Did you receive any confirmation that the service was cancelled? If so, you should expect not to still be paying for the service - however, you should bear in mind that some boiler agreement providers will charge you a cancellation fee when you cancel a service. This may be the charge which you were surprised by.

You should know
  • You cannot raise your case to the ombudsman until 8 weeks after you have first raised your complaint with your insurer
  • Your complaint must also not be older than nine months.
  • For an accurate decision by the ombudsman you should provide a detailed file of your communications and supporting documentation
  • If you’re making a complaint about an insurance claim rather than a mis-sold policy, check your documents to see who the “underwriter” is. You’ll need to make a complaint to that organisation.

How long do you have to wait?

If you cannot resolve your issue you cannot raise your case to the ombudsman until 8 weeks after you have first raised your complaint with your insurer, or you have received a ‘letter of deadlock’ from the company stating that they cannot resolve the issue as you have asked.

Is there a time limit?

Your complaint must also not be older than nine months.

What will the ombudsman do?

For an accurate decision by the ombudsman you should provide a detailed file of your communications and supporting documentation. In addition make sure you explain what you want as an outcome as this will help them assess your case.

What is a deadlock letter?

Your case will be considered to have reached deadlock if the company:

  • Feels it has done everything it can
  • It is unwilling or unable to give you what you are requesting
  • It says there isn’t reasonable cause for complaint

Or if neither you or the company is willing to change.

These types of situation are known as deadlock. 




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