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Hi Guys, i am behind due to my own negligence, on my council tax for 2014/15. A bailiff has visited my property when i've not been there a couple of times from Rossendales, Rossendales won't speak to me anymore and everything has to be done through the bailiff. i've now advised the bailiff that i have spoken to the council to request the statements so i can be sure what's owed and i intend to make the payment in full when they are received. however the bailiff has said i am just using delay tactics and has said he has no option other than now to go to committal. what's the usual protocol now? i rung a council tax helpline who said there is nothing further rossendales can do and that i should just wait for the statements then make the payment. is that the case? will he visit my property again?

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What does he mean by go to "committal" ?

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What does he mean by go to "committal" ?


i was unsure as well, when i mentioned this to the helpline they said he's threatening court action or prison action but they said that they don't actually have any authority to do this and it would be passed back to the council for them to take further action

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Sounds to me like the bailiffs have tried to collect and failed

There last attempt to get you to pay them is to threaten you with prison


Sounds like you are at thee stage where bailiffs move on to another victim and hand your account back to the council


I would make sure bailiffs have no levy of goods outside car ect

And keep them out of your property there is little they can do


Any further action will be stopped with a repayment arrangement


Sit tight and wait for it to be handed back to council


If you do not hear anything contact the council

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Similar situation with rossendales who were less than polite. Long story short i wrote to council advising them that i would not be responsible for any charges incurred by rossendales as they were threatening and abusive and that the council have a duty of care for who they employ as their 'agent'. Said i would only deal with the council direct.

i would suggest that in the interim of getting a final balance you agree an interim payment plan to show willing.

my council were helpful but i think this was i said they had duty of care!

i also wrote to rossendales and told them i was dealing direct with the council and that i was advising them of their inappropriate behaviour (recorded delivery!)and they were to cease action. Quote who you are dealing with at the council to add weight to your statement.

Hope that helps.

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