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i have a couple of parking fines, issued by my Local Authority. Due to extremely tight finances i was unable to pay these in full. I contacted the Parking Enforcement Office by email, fully advising my financial situation & asked to pay in installments.

 

They responded to my email flatly refusing to accept installments. They said that if i was unable to pay in full there was nothing they could/would do, and that i had to wait for it to be passed to my Magistrates court, at which point I could contact them and make an installment plan.

 

This morning, I received a letter from Bristow & Sutor Bailiff's. Not from my Magistrates Court as I had been advised.

 

They are demanding full payment of £92.88 for each parking ticket, or they would seize my goods to sell at auction. I have 5 days from the date of the letter to pay in full. Letter dated 11/06/09.

 

Please could i have some advice, can they break/force entry over unpaid parking fines?

 

Is there a letter i can send advising I will not grant entry to my home?

 

Can i demand it be passed to my local court, like i have in writing it would be?

 

Or do i make offer to pay them in installments? Are they likely to accept this? Do they have to accept a reasonable offer of payment?

 

Do i send a copy of the council's letter to the Bailiff's?

 

Very scared!

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contact the council and ask them straight, have they instructed a bailiff, it sounds like they have via the court and maybe have a liability order to enforce the debt, you should be able to make an arrangement to pay with the bailiff, look up bailiffs advice, try national debtline, they have fact sheets that state what a bailiff can and cannot do explicity, or try your cab but dont leave it, bailiffs do have the powet to break in now but they have to askthe court first and demonstrate that you are refusing to pay.

'rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number, shake your chains to the earth like dew, which in sleep had fall'n on you, ye are many, they are few.' Percy Byshse Shelly 1819

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Please could i have some advice, can they break/force entry over unpaid parking fines?

 

Bailiffs cannot commit breaking & entering. its a criminal offence.

 

Is there a letter i can send advising I will not grant entry to my home?

 

Make your car safe. NEVER open the door. NEVER 'confirm' or say your name and address to a bailiff. You must not answer any questions. If a bailiff turns up at your house, hand this to him through an open window and ask him to quietly leave the property.

 

To: [NAME OF BAILIFF]

 

BY HAND

 

[DATE]

 

Dear Bailiffs,

 

Re: Your visit to [1st LINE OF ADDRESS]

 

The council appears to have instructed you to recover council tax arrears/parking ticket from me however, as I have already cleared all debts, therefore no money if due.

 

This letter gives you notice that you are being denied peaceful entry to my home or to levy goods contained within and I will not be signing anything for you. This notice revokes your eligibility to charge a Walking Possessions fee or other fee relating to the handling of goods.

 

Please be advised it is not a "criminal offence" for me to deny a bailiff entry to my property, if you suggest to me otherwise I will automatically report you to the police and you may face a criminal record.

 

Meanwhile please provide me with a written breakdown of your fees you have demanded and put it through the letterbox and quietly leave the property. If your fees contradict those prescribed by law I will automatically file a Form 4 complaint against you at your certificating court for attempting to defraud me under Sections 2 and 4 of the Fraud Act 2006.

 

This document was passed to you by hand, and a photograph using a mobile phone has just been taken showing you standing outside the above address reading it.

 

Yours Faithfully

 

 

YOUR NAME

 

Can i demand it be passed to my local court, like i have in writing it would be?

 

If you have grounds to appeal the ticket then call TEC on 08457 045007. More: Info about - County Court Bulk Centre - Traffic Enforcement Centre Speak to a parking tickets expert on what grounds exist.

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