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Hi All,


Received a "pre-enforcement" letter from bailiffs for an old OS council tax. Was paying the council directly but had to stop for a while because my wifes working hours had been reduced by 50%. Wrote to the bailiffs and offered to pay the full amount claimed (including I presume statutory charges) in 6 equal installments. Received a letter back saying I must pay in 3 installments which I quite simply cannot. Can I stand fast with the offer I made which I can afford?

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It seems to me, whatever you initially offer, regardless of how high or how low the amount is, they will refuse and insist on double the amount and/or half the installments.


They have a very finite period of time to collect the debt, this is specified by the persons obtaining their services eg. the council. This period is normally 3 or 6 months, my bet in your case it is 3 months.


As long as they haven't been to your home, certainly have no walking possession or otherwise, I would suggest that you try (in writing/email)to get the council to take back the debt, explain that the bailiffs are being unreasonable in refusing your offer of repayment

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has the bailiff added charges on for this pre-enforcement letter

check your charges find out how much the council asked the bailiff to collect


bailiffs cannot charge for letters posted they can only charge for visits

1st visit £24.50 2nd visit £18

if you have had had a bailiffs visit they will leave you a hand delivered letter

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