Joe’s second bill shock

PAY UP: Joe Dyrlaga with an invoice for work on a communal entrance which he paid over a year ago. (d18011108)
PAY UP: Joe Dyrlaga with an invoice for work on a communal entrance which he paid over a year ago. (d18011108)

A PENSIONER has received a written apology after the council billed him for work he paid for more than a year ago.

Joe Dyrlaga was flabbergasted when he got the second bill and found the cost had doubled.

“It’s the second time it’s happened to me now,” said Mr Dyrlaga.

“They threatened to send bailiffs over £14 last year before I had even had the bill.

“This time they’re sending a letter to demand money for a job I’ve already paid for.”

In 2009, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) repaired the communal entrance to the Earlsheaton flats where 86-year-old Mr Dyrlaga lives.

In October that year Mr Dyrlaga paid his £250 share of the cost.

But this month, he got a bill for repairs to the entry system with the same invoice number for £511.

Mr Dyrlaga said: “When I rang they said they had no records of me paying it.”

Fortunately, the widower was able to find the original receipt.

He said: “I rang the council and they’ve apologised by that’s not good enough.

“If I still didn’t have the receipt they could have sent me to court or something.”

A KNH spokeswoman said it was very sorry for the mistake.

She said damage to the entry system meant it was repaired ahead of a scheduled scheme to replace all entry systems across the estate.

“Mr Dyrlaga’s building was originally meant to be part of this scheme, which resulted in the second bill being sent out,” she said.

“This was an extremely rare situation and we can only apologise for any upset it may have caused him.”