Hi guys 1st post
My mother has an outstanding debt with bailiffs for Council Tax.
She had an agreement with bailiffs to pay it off and defaulted after 2 payments as she could not afford it.
Now they want the amount in full.
They say they have requested for 'Commital to prison' which scared my mother until i explained it to her. They do not have a 'Controlled Goods Agreement' at all
I have today disputed the amount as the bailiffs starting balance doesn't match what is owed to the Council.
To be clear this is before any alleged fee's from the bailiffs themselves.
It is just the 'starting balance'.
I intend to pay it for her in a couple of weeks when I have the money together
BUT I do NOT intend to pay the bailiffs fee's.
Instead, what I intend to do is pay the Council in one payment via online payment what my mother owes them. Leaving the fee's with the bailiff's!!
If I pay the Council,
then the debt can't be passed back to the Council as the fee's would be theirs and theirs only.
My intention then is, on Common Law grounds, is that I get my mother to say she doesn't consent to these charges from the bailiffs. Which is a total of £310. They are only claiming this money under the 'Control of Goods Act 2014'.
Now, when the bailiff's are only left with their fee's and no actual debt - would she able to refuse consent? As an Act is only governed by consent.
The other option is to just leave them with their fee's and ignore them. As it is a Civil matter - and without proof of claim - they can't actually do anything.
I reach out to you guy's for answer's on this.
Am I right to think I can get one over on the Bailiff's this way?
They have very naughty attitudes when she calls them BUT seem very polite to me when I call! I would LOVE to get away with this