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hi all

 

i wonder if anyone can help me

i recently had to pay jacobs baliffs for council tax and charges

they attended my property and placed a levy on the car outside my home

i did not sign anything nor did they enter my home

the debt is now paid. however when i had deallings with a local authority baliff i noticed significant differences in charges, the council baliff sugested i complain about these cahrges

the local authority charges were

£720 council tax

£22.50 first visit

£16.50 second visit

£44 levy fee

£11 possesion fee

this debt was secured on my car which i agreed, signed for and is now paid

 

jacobs charges

£543 outstanding

£39 levy and walking possesion fees

£132.5 other fees

total £714.50

this debt was paid before xmas

i called jacobs to clarify charges

they broke it down for me

 

£504 outstanding c/tax

1st visit £22.50

2nd visit £16.50

levy fee £39

release of levy (car ) £22.50

enforcement officer charges £110

 

the 1st visit, 2nd visit and levy fees are the same as the local authority baliffs

to release the security against my car ( well my car was not taken nor did they check if it was registered to me or at my address )

then the enforcement officer fees ( i had no contact at my home from the enforcement officer ) so £110 was just for turning up and posting a letter through my door at a time when i was actually in.

 

are these appropriate charges or should i be complaining and asking for fees back?

 

thanks in advance for any advice

 

D

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How recent was this? The reason I ask is because these are not in line with current fees detailed in the Council tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (as amended)

 

Which are:

 

First visit – £24.50

Second visit – £18

 

Release of levy fee, I should think is actually a "header H" fee which is £24.50 and compensates the bailiff firm for out-of-pocket expenses due to advertising levied goods. Do you know if the bailiff incurred advertising fees with respect to you car?

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this was december 2011

there were no advertaising fees as my car was never taken nor did they enquire with dvla to find that it was registered to me at my address

the £110 enforcement officer fee they say is standard

even though the councils own baliff says they are not and i should complain

thanks

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A complaint should be made to your council who are ultimately responsible for their contracted bailiffs. It sounds like the council will want to pass the book, and tell you to complain directly to Jacobs.

 

There are some issues that need clearing up though, others hopefully will be able to help.

 

But for now, can you get confirmation about this "release of levy" fee? i.e, is it actually the head H fee. If so, they shouldn't have charged you it.

 

Also, did the bailiff levy on the same day as a visit fee was incurred? They can only charge one or the other.

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hi

the 1st vist and second visit fees are on different days

to the levy fee

 

but basicaly the day that the enforcement officer came other charges were added that day

levy fee £39

release fee £22.50 i asked about this and they said its to release the levy ( although they did not take possesion )

and enforcement officer attendance fee

 

the 1st, 2nd visit fees are the same as the local authority as is the £39 levy fee

but everthing else is different.

 

thanks

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