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C/Tax paid direct, Car still Clamped and Sold, and still getting baillif threats


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Brief history as follows:

 

Last June, we had some outstanding council tax arrears which we subsequently paid direct to the council, minus excessive bailiff fees (at the time, well over £800!).

 

Shortly after we paid the council, we woke to find wife's car clamped in our driveway.

 

Car was then towed last July and stored until we received a "notice of sale" this June.

 

The notice of sale showed the debt bailiffs were chasing was approx £500 in fees, £200 storage. And the £1100 car was shown as worth only £150 ahead of auction!

 

Heard nothing since, assuming they had sold the car, until a txt from a bailiff last night threatening removal of goods and a van on the 1st. Demanding payment of just the £500 in fees, and threatening additional fees.

 

Are we to just pay the £500 and rid ourselves of the bailiffs, or are we succumbing to their heavyhanded tactics too easily?

 

Would appreciate any advice you can provide.

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It would not be possible to provide a suitable reply without the need to ask some further questions.

 

It would seem that the car had been seized last July and a 'Notice of Sale' almost a year later !!!

 

Can you find out the precise amount of the Liability Order from the council.

 

Ask the council to confirm how much THEY have received from the bailiff company and whether any fees are showing on their computer records.

 

You say that large charges had been applied to the account by the bailiff. Unless a prior 'levy' had been undertaken the previous statutory fee scale (the new fees came into being on 6th April this year) provided that the fees were CAPPED at £42.50 UNLESS a levy had been made upon goods. I am assuming that the car had been levied. Can you look back at the previous documents to ascertain the amount of fees applied to the account. Can you post back once you have this information.

 

I am assuming that the 'Notice of Sale' is one of the new statutory forms introduced on 4th April. On this form is a breakdown of the sale proceeds provided?

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