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I was wondering if someone can help:

1. Some few months ago I received a letter from Council asking me for arrears of council tax for property I have never lived in.

2. I went to the council about it and was only shown one letter purporting to be from me, asking council to just leave one name on the record i.e. mine and remove another name that was there.

3. I don’t know how my name got onto their record at first place and I have never lived at that address, and the other name which I have allegedly requested to remove is also unknown/ strange to me

4. Signature on this letter is also not mine, somebody had scribbled my name, which I pointed out to the staff who compared signature from my driving licence and agreed they were not my signature.

5. On the advice of the staff I wrote a letter to council

6. Yesterday I found a notice of visit from bailiff drop from mail box, and I appears council has got a liability order. I never received any communication either from council or magistrate court liability order hearing.

7. Spoke to council they have taken my number to get back to me.

Please advise what should I do? Am I right in thinking they have to prove I lived at that address ?

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I think one way is to swear a Statutory declaration to the effect that you have never lived at that address, any utility bills or anything giving a date and your addeess at the time of the alleged residence at that particular property may help so you could send photocopies of them to the council, but not the bailiff, if the bailiff turns up tomorrow as they DO work saturday, or early doors Monday, do not let them in, film them if you can even with a phone, and deal with them outside, show them anything that proves you were not at the address that attracted the liability, and ask them to leave, if they don't tell them they are trespassing, call the police and go inside. beware they may try to clamp or seize your car as a levy, but they would be unwise to do this as they then lay themselves wide open to a claimagainst both themselves AND the council who are wholly responsible for the bailiff and the entire debacle.


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You need to tell the council you didnt live at the address for which the liability exists. They will amend their records. Phone your local councillor and tell him what you have said above and he'll sort it.

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Sounds like a bit of phishing has been going on here, no doubt a tracing agency has entered the name that was put forward and yours has come up. If you can prove that you were living else where iei CT bill etc as some one has already suggested then the council should withdraw the liability order.

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