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Today my parents received a letter at their London address (where i dont live since Feb 2011) regarding council tax which i owed of £1003.81 for a Birmingham address. I had a monthly direct debit set-up for some reason ended up failing and being removed, since then this is the first time i have heard from Equita. The letter is under my wife's and my name she is out of work since Feb 2011 til present and i have just started last week. None of us have the funds to pay the amount.

 

The letter posted THROUGH THE DOOR on the 10th Oct 2011 stated:

 

"Payment due in full in 24 hours.....i have attended today with the intention of removing goods and chattels as are necessary to discharge the outstanding council tax liability order and additional enforcement charges cost.....Please note no further arrangements are acceptable and payment is now required in full......i will attend your address to remove goods even in your absence....should you wish to avoid this contact me immediately....no contact will be taken as your refusal to pay"

 

I rang them (before reading that i shouldnt :-x) to say my parents received this letter but i dont live there anymore. I told him i have been out of work for 2 years and only started working this week. He replied saying it doesn't matter he needs full payment or a court order would be issued, i said it doesnt matter even if i go to court as i cant pay and will still arrange a monthly plan. Obviously more fees would be occurred so i would rather deal with this matter ASAP.

 

The bailiff told me he'll give me til Thursday (4 days) to try and get the money but said i doubt i can. The only method for me will be to get a monthly plan sorted again but im not sure they will....or is there any way i can?

 

Please do help me

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stop worrying, he came to remove goods eh? from someone else's house for someone else's debt he is on a loser with that. as you have no knowledge my first port of call would be council to explain and ask them to take debt back (expect them to refuse and say you can only deal with bailiff). then start paying the council via either online banking or via telephone (get right reference number for debt) bailiffs wont like it but tough. By the way was there any charges on the letter?


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First off the bailiffs cannot go to your parents and demand money from them. They can have a state dec signed stating that you do not live there.

You can request from the benefits and revenues department of the council that they have the debt returned to them as you have nil income coming in at the moment and ask that you set a payment plan with them. You can make payment to the council using their on line payment facility, make sure you add the ref number to the debt of that council tax year and address. If you start making payments then the council cannot take action to take steps in having you imprisoned this is only done when you wont pay not when you cannot. What ever you do DO NOT let the bailiffs in to your home. Make sure all cars are parked away from the home.

Do you know how much the liability order was for minus the fees of the bailiffs. If not then call the council and ask how much is outstanding. I hope this helps for starters.

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let me explain a little:

 

i lived in Birmingham for 15years and was there when this problem started with the council tax. I started the payment plan but due to lack of funds the direct debit stopped to which i had no notice until the recent letter being received. I moved to London in july 2009 and tried looking for work there, i didnt find anything and moved back to Birmingham in feb/march 2011....hence equita thinking im in london.

 

When i rang the bailiffs i did tell him i dont live at teh london address anymore but i didnt give a new address. I am going to write a letter to Equita stating my financial conditon and also stating i dont live at the london address and if they send the bailiff there again i will not pay any incurred fees as i am telling them it is not my address.

I will also included my proposition manageable payment by instalments to demonstrate, in writing, willingness to pay. I will also include a breakdown of my income and outgoings, to demonstrate how reasonable my proposal is. This will be sent by recorded delivery, and a copy emailed to info @ equita.co.uk.

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from what years ctax is this debt?

 

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and you need to stopall contact with the bailiffs

 

if you can pay

do it direct to the council concerned

 

dx


please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

 

if everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's tomorrow

the biggest financial industry in the UK, the whole DCA industry would collapse overnight.

 

 

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as said above DONT CALL THE BAILIFFS they are expert at getting information out of you and getting you to agree to unrealistic payment plans. They are not above asking things like did you see such & such on TV? do you have a pc to email us? then low and behold suddenly a walking possession appear with levy on goods that state TV, PC etc


I know my rights Mr DCA I'm with the CAG......hello hello where you gone Mr DCA8)

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As per padja beware the remote no visit likely invalid levy, also what is obnoxious and is a point that can kick bailiffs is If you do call them only ever do so is you can record the call , I'm sure the powers that be would be most interested if the bailiff was telling a family on low income or benefits to BORROW and take on more debt in order to pay them their fees.

 

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