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I have been paying Rundles £25 a week for this years council tax .I

have paid regularly and on time.

I make my payments online.

 

Last week as I made the payment I noticed they held a second account for a smaller amount of unpaid council tax for last year.

 

I knew we had an outstanding amount but wasn't aware it had gone to the bailiffs.

 

I have since been expecting a letter from them asking for payment or a payment arrangement,

instead I have just had a bailiff visit my house and leave an attendance notice saying he called to remove goods

and will be calling back in within 48 hours with the police if necessary,

and that he may seize and remove sufficient goods to clear the debt. T

 

he amount is now £850 - i don't have that much.

 

We struggle to pay the £25 a week but as it is council tax it has to be paid one way or another.

 

at the bottom of the letter it says to avoid these distressing and costly actions please call the bailiff.

- should i do this. ?

 

I have my dad's car at the door, as he is seriously ill and I'm using it to ferry my mum around.

 

I've also given up a lot of work to care for my parents

- would a bailiff listen ?

 

could he clamp the car or would he have to prove it was mine

- it's not registered to me or to this address.

 

I could do without this right now and would welcome some advice as to how i can face up to him when he comes back.

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Only speak to the Bailiff on the phone if you can record the call. You need to check you are paying for the correct amounts. You need to speak to someone at the Council and ask the following questions:

1 - how many Liability Orders they have against you

2 - the dates they were obtained

3 - the addresses they were for

4 - the period of time each covers

5 - how much each one was for

6 - how much is still outstanding

7 - the dates they were passed on for enforcement

8 - the dates & amounts of any payments


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You also need a breakdown of the fee the Bailiff is charging. Here's an example of what to send, use and adapt at will. Send initially by email followed by a copy in the post.

 

"From:

My Name

My Address

 

To:

Acme Bailiff Co

Bailiff House

 

Ref: Account No: 123456

 

Dear Sir

 

With reference to the above account, Can you please provide me with a breakdown of the charges.

 

This includes:

a - the time & date of any Bailiff action that incurred a Fee.

b - the reason for the fee.

c - the name(s) of the Bailiff(s) that attended on each occasion a Fee was charged.

d - the name(s) of the Court(s) the Bailiff(s) was/were Certificated at.

e - the date of the Certification.

 

This is not a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act S7 1998 so does not incur a fee of £10. You are obliged to provide this information.

 

I require this information within 14 days.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Ripped off customer"


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Has a Bailiff been in your home previously? If so did he seize any goods? If so can you list them exactly as described on the Notice of Seizure you were left?


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thank you for the advice so far, which i have gratefully acted on. No, there has been no bailiff in my house previously, neither for siezure of goods or to levy . This is the first contact we have had with themn re this debt.

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thank you for the advice so far, which i have gratefully acted on. No, there has been no bailiff in my house previously, neither for siezure of goods or to levy . This is the first contact we have had with themn re this debt.

 

Keep it that way regardless of anything they tell you - remember Bailiff lie. Do as suggested above and see what answers you get then come back and we'll see what can be done. In the meantime any questions please feel free to ask.


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