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  1. This topic was closed on 10 March 2019.

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  2. This topic was closed on 10 March 2019.

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  3. This topic was closed on 2019-03-08.

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  4. This topic was closed on 03/08/19.

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  5. This topic was closed on 03/08/19.

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  6. It's noteworthy that I paid them a hundred quid this month which is about two thirds of the 'agreeement' (which I never agreed to anyway) and instead of conducting another visit they just sent me a letter with a revised 'agreement'. Basically, they don't care, do they? They just want to get as much money as they can from people for the least possible effort

  7. Can anyone on here shed light on something that's been puzzling me for some time?

     

    I'm a little unclear on what,

    exactly,

    an 'Enforcement Officer,

    is legally allowed to seize goods in respect of.

     

     

    If, as in my case,

    there is a Court ruling that the outstanding amount on my Council Tax bill is £340-odd pounds

    are they entitled just to remove goods to cover that or,

    if I pay that,

    can they still enter the premises to take items to cover their own fees,

    which were NOT included in the Court ruling,

    or do they have to pursue that matter separately.

     

     

    It will make a huge difference to how I proceed.

    Thank you

  8. I think,

    on reflection,

    and against every emotion taking hold of me,

    I am going to try and pay this off.

     

     

    Not because I agree with it and their ludicrous 'charges' but simply because I don't want my landlords bothered by something that is not of their doing.

     

     

    If I was living in my own place I would run the beggars ragged until my dying day.

     

     

    I had a most patronising email from them yesterday,

    which I won't bother you with,

    that was lies wrapped in the truth.

     

     

    Before I go,

    I would very much appreciate opinions,

    if anyone has them,

    as to whether or not the entire balance is enforceable,

    including B&S's fees,

    or just the outstanding amount owed to the Council.

     

     

    That would be interesting to know.

    Thank you all for your previous replies.

    This site is a Godsend to so many people

  9. Thank you.

    Yes, I live fifteen plus miles from work and work a four in the afternoon to midnight shift so there is no public transport and a taxi, if I could even get one, would cost pretty much everything I earned.

     

    I am paying the Council direct,

    although they have said they can't accept payments which is clearly rubbish as they are showing up on B&S's site as paid 'Direct To Council'.

     

    I have written to B&S telling them that the vehicles parked outside do not belong to me so they are aware of this.

     

     

    What they do with that knowledge is up to them but I have a copy of the letter and will use it in evidence if it becomes necessary.

     

    The motorcycle is worth far more than the debt which, before their ludicrous charges, is now less than three hundred quid.

    I would pay it off in one if I had it but I simply don't.

  10. I have done that too but in my experience half the time they don't either bother to read them or certainly not reply or acknowledge. trying to cover all bases

     

    This may seem a bit naive but I want to gather as much information as I can before I take my next step.

     

    B&S are trying to collect an old debt for Shropshire Council.

    i have been making payments direct to the Council but they say it's out of their hands now and they can't call them off.

     

     

    I've written to them telling them I dispute the amount claimed in the hope it will buy me a bit of time but not holding my breath.

     

    There are a few points I would like to raise:

     

    1) Do their 'Enforcement Agents' actually have the same powers as a Bailiff or can I just tell them to clear off?

     

    2) Are their 'charges' enforceable or can I just clear the original debt and then stop paying?

     

    3) Can they,

    as they claim,

    break into the house when no one is here

    (I am a lodger and none of the property on the premises belongs to me, and I have told them this, and the Council, in writing)

    and what recourse do I and my landlord have if they take property that belongs to the landlord, including their car which is parked outside the house?

     

    4) Are they allowed to take my motorcycle, which I need for getting to work because there is no public transport available due to the hours I work?

     

    Thanks for any help anyone can give me.

     

     

    I am thoroughly fed up with these people and I refuse to phone them, requiring everything in writing. besides, I have no phone and no access to one

  11. I'm assuming there is a precedent to this.

     

    I have a debt to the Council for back Council Tax which I have been paying back as and when I can afford it.

     

    Today Bristow and Sutor sent an enforcement agent (who told them he was a bailiff) while I was out and luckily they did not let him in.

     

    Nothing, apart from a few items such as my bed and an old stereo which is worth pretty much nothing, on these premises belongs to me as I am just a lodger here and the room is furnished by the landlords.

     

    I have never denied that I owe something but the amount is in dispute

    I have told B&S this previously but they have ignored all my letters.

     

    The bloke cleared off when it became clear he wasn't being allowed in

    but I suspect he will be back.

     

    Apparently he was eyeing up their car and I would obviously hate for them to become involved when it is nothing of their doing.

     

    Do these people have any claim to anything on the premises

    and where do we stand if they return in the future?

     

    I have spoken to the Council but they say it's out of their hands now

    although I suspect they could do something about it if they wanted to.

     

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice

  12. My friend has been working for the same company for over thirty years and recently had to fill in some sort of assessment form in which they asked if he had any financial issues that they didn't know about so out of honesty he said yes, I have an IVA, which is almost satisfied and has been adhered to from day one. The company have been very unpleasant about this and are trying to say that he is a high risk because of this and are threatening him with the sack over it. He has been through a grilling today and they're asking for further evidence next week before they make 'a decision'. There is something about this that smells pretty bad. He has three years to go before retirement and I feel this is a cynical sideways way of trying to get rid. I wonder about the legality of this and if anyone on here knows of a precedent that might help throw some light on this thoroughly unpleasant and spiteful behaviour. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope someone can offer some advice

     

    Regards

     

     

    Andy

  13. Here is a letter I am sending to B&S. I don't necessarily recommend anyone else doing this but I don't care any more. I am not frightened of these reptiles. I am making payments to The Council and have had my offers of payment not refused, but ignored.

     

    THIS MATTER IS IN DISPUTE

     

    Bristow & Sutor

    Bartfleet Road

    Washford

    REDDITCH

     

    Dear Sir or Madam

     

    Re: Council Tax Arrears (Reference Number etc included)

     

    Please would you explain why you are sending threatening letters and trying to intimidate me into paying ridiculous, dreamt-up charges allegedly relating to the matter of my Council Tax arrears when I am dealing with The Council direct?

     

    I am a lodger at this address and none of the property in it belongs to me. Any further 'visits' from your people will be viewed most unfavorably and they will not be allowed in and instructed to leave. If they do not comply the Police will be called.

     

    I do not expect to hear from you again

     

    It is my fullest intention to clear any legitimate debt owed by me to The Council and I am retaining copies of this letter and any I send to The Council as evidence in the event of any further harassment

     

     

     

    Yours faithfully

    etc.....

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