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  1. Don't worry Ploddertom - I have printed a copy which will be kept with the original correspondence they sent me and I have saved on to a memory stick, as well as the archive file in my email! Think I've covered all options!
  2. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you on this one, but 2 family bereavements in quick succession took up most of my time. However, I have wonderful news! I was about to chase Hounslow for the original copy bill and Liability Order and found they had responded to me : CouncilTax, Hounslow Jul 5 at 1:57 PM Message body Dear Ms xxx, Thank you for your email regarding Council Tax arrears at the above property. On reviewing the case I have decided to write off the debt. This is due to the age of the debt and not because it is not legally collectable, which it is, having been summonsed at the time the payment was due. This means that recovery will stop, the bailiff has been withdrawn, and you should have no further contact regarding the debt. Thank you for your co-operation in the matter, and if you have any further queries regarding Council Tax please do not hesitate to contact this office. Regards Revenues Officer Hounslow Revenue Services London Borough of Hounslow P.O. Box 355 Hounslow TW3 4PJ So it seems that sometimes they do apply common sense - in the current circumstances (having lost my dear mum in May, followed by my brother a month later and then a beloved aunt 2 days after that) it has taken a great weight off my shoulders! I want to say a huge "Thank You" to all who responded to my original query. Keep up the good work!!
  3. Thanks everyone for all your advice - I will certainly sit down and go through it all and, hopefully, will get to the bottom of it and come out the other side!
  4. Thank you - I will go back to them with those questions. Hopefully, they'll be able to stave off Newlyn's until these queries have been answered. I will update you on progress.
  5. I need to go and look for their original letter (Oct 2015) as I have to admit I did put them to one side as I honestly thought I was not liable. The Agent "attended" in that he put a letter through my door (I was at work at the time), so I'd not spoken to them (Newlyn) prior to that, nor had I agreed any payment plan he definitely has not been in my property, I know my rights in that he cannot force entry at this time. But, as I said, he seems to be an obnoxious little toad, so I'm not sure what sort of attitude he's going to present when he comes again !!
  6. Thank you for this - although the Council say it is up to ME to prove that I wasn't living there !! Catch-22 methinks! The "Enforcement Agents" are Newlyn plc of Northampton - so are they Debt Collectors or Bailiffs?
  7. As I don't have any paperwork relating to that period (ie rent info for the property I moved into etc) it will be difficult to prove and therein lies my problem!
  8. The original amount was £760.48 and Newlyn have applied their usual fee, bringing it up to £1070.48 owing - I have to say the Enforcement Agent seems to be an obnoxious little man - I spoke to him after a letter was put through my door on 7th June (Notice of Enforcement Agent Visit to Your Premises) - should have said that when I sent my email regarding the Limitation Act I heard no more until this arrived through my door. I was trying to explain the situation to him and he rudely interrupted me saying he "wasn't interested" and I should contact the Council, which I did - spoke to a quite helpful person there who said they'd send copies of the original bill and Liability Order and also agreed to put the Collection or whatever on hold for 10 days in case I was able to find any correspondence, which of course I can't!
  9. I'm after some advice please. Last October I received a bill from Hounslow Council for an "alleged" outstanding Council Tax bill from 1997/98, followed very swiftly the following day by a letter from Newlyn Debt Collectors demanding payment - this was for a property I did own with my partner (who sadly died in 1997) - during his illness and subsequent death, I made the mistake of allowing his oldest daughter to stay at the house, which was fine whilst he was still alive, once he had passed, my presence was "no longer required" and I was forced to move out (not physically, just with the attitude etc). The property was eventually sold and, as far as I was aware, that was the end of it as I assumed that any outstanding bills to the Council would have been settled from the sale proceeds. I have moved at least half-a-dozen times since then and, unfortunately, don't have any paperwork relating to the property or the sale (why would I keep paperwork relating to matters 18+ years ago??). I responded to the Council and explained the situation saying that, as I wasn't living in the property at that time, I did not feel that I was responsible for the debt. They said that, as my name was still on the bills (I can't prove it wasn't), and I didn't have a current address for "The Daughter", I was still liable. I did a bit of investigation, and found information from this and other helpful websites that quoted the Limitations Act etc and sent that info to Hounslow. I had a response from them which included this : London Borough of Hounslow are unable to issue a summons if more than six years has expired since the date the council tax became due. Your original bill was issued dated 12 March 1998 and your summons was issued dated 23 September 1998 which is clearly within the six years limitation. The Statute of limitation Act 1980 does not apply where the debt has been secured at Court. Where a liability order has been awarded there is no time limit to execute it. A liability order was granted in court to secure this debt on 21 October 1998. Now I never received either of these documents and have asked Hounslow to send me copies so that I can see to which address they were sent - so my question is, if I did not receive the initial bill and Liability Order, am I still liable to pay? Or .... ??
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