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Failure to pay your Council Tax correctly can have serious implications. Whether or not the oversight is intentional, action will be taken to recover every penny, and you could end up incurring costs and having legal action taken against you.
Court Summons (costs incurred)
A summons is served for non-payment. If you are unable to pay or wish to discuss payment you should contact your local authority’s Revenues & Benefits Service.
Pay it off and be let off
Pay the full amount owed prior to the court date, and you’re free to go.
Magistrate court hearing
An application for a Liability Order will be made and you will incur further costs. You do not have to attend court unless you wish to defend the application.
Liability order (costs incurred)
An application for a Liability Order will be made and you will incur further costs.
Once a Liability Order has been granted, the Council will be able to collect the funds you owe through various different methods.
Deduction from earnings
Payments will be automatically deducted from your wages.
Charging order on property
A charging order on your property will allow its sale to repay your debt or for us to take the money out of the proceeds from a future sale.
Debt collection sale of possession
Enforcement Agents will remove and sell some of your possessions to recover your debt.
Deduction from benefits
The amount of benefits you receive each month will be reduced until the full amount owed is repaid.
Legal proceedings could begin to ensure your personal bankruptcy or corporate liquidation.
If you’re having difficulty keeping up with payments, make sure you seek advice. There are a number of organisations who can provide you with guidance, some of which are listed below: