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I've got an unpaid council tax debt of £200, it slipped through the cracks until it ended up with Rossendales, not the best but there you go... the letter says that the amount due is £203.50 plus costs (costs underlined several times!)

 

It also goes on to say that "if you cannot pay this amount in full, you should be aware that even at this late stage with an initial payment of £100 you can still pay by installments" but after calling the number of the letter the guy that I spoke to unhelpfully said that he wouldn't accept £100 and then the rest next month.

 

When I read out the letter to him he said that a payment plan can only be set up if I let him into my house to make a list of my goods,

or took the details of my or my wifes car as they couldn't just take it on faith that we would pay next month.

 

There's no way that's happening and my car is on HP, the wifes car is worth a lot more than a £200 debt - we'd not be happy agreeing to that.

 

He then said that we had no choice and that if we didn't pay they'd apply further charges to the account for visiting us to enforce collection.

 

It doesn't seem fair that they won't accept half of the debt this month in good faith that we'd pay the rest next month

(why wouldn't we if we'd already paid half?) and they'd use the threat of further charges to get us to pay up in full now even though we can't afford it.

 

It seems we could pay £100 but then rack up an indeterminate amount of charges until we pay the next amount, or not pay and rack up charges anyway..

 

.. Don't know what to do - does anyone have any suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance

Dan

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if you have only got a letter

then there will be no extra charges

 

as long he doesn't visit no fees can be added

 

pay the council DIRECT via your internet banking site

they cannot refuse it that way

 

then phone them up and tell them they'll get the other £100 next month.

 

short circuit the bailiff totally.

 

is this last years CTAX

 

how about this years, are you on top of that ok?

 

dx

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DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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The bailiff company is NOT correct when they state that a payment arrangement can ONLY be made if you allow the bailiff into your home.

 

In fact, you should remind Rossendales of the Local Government Ombudsman's report against Slough District Council dated 4th April 2011.

 

This particular report concerned a bailiff levying upon a low value item and charging a "van attendance" fee.

 

The LGO made a finding of MALADMINISTRATION against the council and specifically criticised the council as they claimed then when making a payment arrangement it is a requirement to levy upon goods. The LGO made the point clear that this was NOT CORRECT AT ALL.

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They do not have to levy to make a payment arrangement, it would be a very bad idea to let the bailiff into your home, pay the council direct.

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Hi guys,

 

Thanks for the advice, does paying the council mean paying the whole amount though (and online rather than on the phone)?

The amount outstanding is for the last tax year not the current, I'm worried that if I pay them £100 online they'll just take it out of this years bill?

 

Either way, talking to Rossendales has gotten my back up, I actually wanted to get it sorted before hearing this guys attitude!

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no just pay the £100

if you look at the account number

you'll see there is a diff number for last years bill

as for this years bill.

 

then send an email or call them [the council]

and say the rest will be paid on XX date.

 

dx

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

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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