Disputes over Council Tax
If you have a dispute with your Council make them aware as soon as you can. Make phone calls, send emails and write letters. Make sure you leave a paper trail that can’t be denied. Ensure that you attend the hearing of the Summons otherwise a Liability Order will automatically be granted in your absence. If a Liability Order is granted, you will not be sent one. You will, however, receive a letter from the Council informing you that one has been granted. They will give you 14 days in which to set up a payment plan. This is your last opportunity to pay the council directly
This is your last opportunity to pay the council directly
If bailiffs attend
Bailiffs for Council Tax DO NOT have the power to force entry. They may enter your property through an open door, so if you are expecting a visit ensure you keep your doors locked.
Bailiffs will continue to attend your property to try to enforce the Warrant of Control. There is no limit as to the number of times they can visit but they can only charge in accordance with the set scale of fees.
If an Enforcement Agency believes that they are not going to collect they may send or post through your door a Notice informing you that you may be arrested and imprisoned. This is an empty threat as the Enforcement Agency has no power. If the Warrant is returned to the Council, that decision would be theirs to make.
What to do if bailiffs contact you
If bailiffs contact you and inform you that they will attend your address, you should immediately go to our Dealing With Bailiff’s section and prepare yourself in case they do visit.
There are a number of things you can do to protect your home from bailiffs. Click the link below to learn more.