This website has been a lifeline for me over the last few months. I've read avidly and learnt so much from other people's experiences and from the advice posted.
I'm currently managing my "relationship" with Rossendales and have managed to survive this far without too many hiccups.
Empowered by knowledge gained here, I've stood my ground, kept my doors and windows locked, parked my car miles away ,
have sent out the requisite standard letters (found on here) and,
finally, have sent my first payment directly to the Council via online payment completely bypassing Rossendales.
I'm sure Rossendales will discover this fact soon if, indeed, they haven't already.
The computer-generated letters from Rossendales were becoming more and more "assertive"
and despite my advising them in writing that hell would freeze over before they crossed my threshold
and paying them what I thought was a "reasonable and sustainable" amount each month to cover outstanding Council Tax from 2006,
they still insist on demanding "full payment" in contravention of the OFT guidelines.
However, thanks to everyone here, I feel as if I'm back in control of the situation and can sleep nights.
Bailiffs are indeed paperless, powerless tigers - but, unfortunately, like mosquitos they do need to be controlled cos they're pesky!!