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Hi all, this is my first post on this forum, so please bear with me, Last year i made the mistake of missing a months council tax payment, and i was forwarded to equita, in january this year, after reciving a baliff;s removal notice. so i duly went to there office in Birmingham, and arranged a payment plan, of £88 a month, a letter was sent in the post, and a payment book too, i have kept up all my payments, and was shocked to find in my letterbox last friday a "notice of removal" with a rather rudely wrote letter telling me they were going to remove my goods ad chattels, so i phoned the man up, and he said he didnt have my papers, could i phone him on monday (yesterday) so i did, he said he still didnt have my paperwork, so i phoned him today (tuesday) so i spoke to him, and he said that i had to go into the office and speak to the people there, i also phoned there help line (joke) and they said i had missed payments, a the agrement was weekly, put i said i had paid monthly and not in default.

 

i was then subjected to a lecture about paying my council tax on time, and that it was my fault.

 

so i then phoned the baliff back, and he said that he had told me what to do, and that iam an idiot for not doing it, and he will be outside my flat at 7am tomorrow, however iam at work, and wont be there, but my wife will be, ive told her nt to let this man in, and i will be going back to the office tomorrow.

 

is there anything i can do, to get these people of my back?

 

would it help if i go to the council and ask them for help?

 

if my car is on finance can he still take it away?

 

any help pls, my mind is a whirl

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Hiya, this is my first post, so please be gentle, i missed 2 months council tax last year, and was immediatly reported to Equita, the first i knew about it, was a letter, with huge red letters "notice of removal" on the top, with the standard bumf about a baliff, coming round my flat, and wanting to take my stuff, i phoned the number on the letter and arranged a re payment plan, this has been paid every month on the date stated.

 

however come friday (20th march 09) i had another one of there lovely red letters, so i phoned the baliff, and asked why i had been visited, he said he didnt know, and told me to phone on monday (yesterday) so i did, and was told he didnt have my file, could i phone today, so idid, he said i had to go to the office in birmingham as he didnt know why, so i phoned there help line (joke) and was told that i had broken my argeement, with them, and i had to speak to the baliff, i said i hadnt broke any agreement, but was told that i had to pay 20 pounds a week, and i have been paying 88 pounds every 4 weeks, so in theory i am in front of my payments.

 

i phoned the baliff back, he basically told me i was an idiot, as i should have gone to there office in birmingham, and that he will be coming round at 7 am tomorrow to remove my stuff.

 

can i ask, if he has never been in my flat how can he remove my stuff?

 

if my car is on finance or in a shared car park, can he remove that?

 

what happens if i just tell him to shove off?

 

help please iam at my wits end!

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Merged and re-titled.Please stick to one thread-its in this forum where you are likely to get most advice.Have a read through the stickied guidance here-while waiting.

A shared car park will make no difference-I suggest you move it well away.If theres no WP order been signed and he cant get in by lawful means then they cant take anything.If you can get down to the Council office I would do so and prove them wrong.

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Hi all, this is my first post on this forum, so please bear with me, Last year i made the mistake of missing a months council tax payment, and i was forwarded to equita, in january this year, after reciving a baliff;s removal notice. so i duly went to there office in Birmingham, and arranged a payment plan, of £88 a month, a letter was sent in the post, and a payment book too

 

Did you sign anything when you made that agreement with the bailiffs?

 

 

was shocked to find in my letterbox last friday a "notice of removal" with a rather rudely wrote letter telling me they were going to remove my goods ad chattels, so i phoned the man up, and he said he didnt have my papers, could i phone him on monday (yesterday) so i did, he said he still didnt have my paperwork, so i phoned him today (tuesday) so i spoke to him, and he said that i had to go into the office and speak to the people there, i also phoned there help line (joke) and they said i had missed payments, a the agrement was weekly, put i said i had paid monthly and not in default.

 

In my opinion you are being conned.

 

 

i then phoned the baliff back

 

Really! You must stop telephoning people, all they'll give you is bad news.

 

Only write, email from now on.

 

 

he will be outside my flat at 7am tomorrow, however iam at work, and wont be there, but my wife will be, ive told her nt to let this man in

 

Good, good!

 

 

i will be going back to the office tomorrow.

 

 

Nooooooooooooooo!

 

 

is there anything i can do, to get these people of my back?

 

Well lets see, it depends on whether you've signed anything, and whether they have been into your house.

If the answer is no to both they are stuffed.

 

would it help if i go to the council and ask them for help?

 

No they are doing exactly what the council wants them to do.

 

 

if my car is on finance can he still take it away?

 

No, they can only seize the property of the debtor. Although Bailiffs have the right to assume it's your property. I'd park it away from the house anyway, but if they did seize it, they should accept a statutory declaration from you that you don't own it.

If it's on HP, you don't own it.

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