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Haven't been on here in some time, so I hope I'm posting this in the right place!

 

Background

I left the UK for the US in October 1999, at which time I had several hundred pounds in Council Tax owing.

 

Only thing that's been heard since was in 2004 when a DCA (I think it was BCW) wrote to me at my Daughter's address

- I have an uncommon surname and I think they were chancing their arm.

 

She wrote back to the effect that she had opened the letter in error,

I wasn't resident there and never had been,

and that she believed I had left the country several years previously.

 

Fast forward to now:

my wife is in poor health, and if she eventually passes, I'd consider coming home.

 

I have a vague recollection that the usual "time limit" doesn't apply and Council Tax debt can be pursued for up to 20 years.

 

Am I correct in this, and if so, when does the "clock" start?

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wouldn't have been a dca chasing Scottish ctax debt.

 

pers I wouldn't worry about it.

they'll not have documentation going back that far anyway now I bet.

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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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Inclined to agree that it’s a non-issue. Just curious about the time limit thing. Consider me unworried :-D

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Ctax debts cannot be sb'd

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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SB'd? I know I ought to know, but it's not coming to me just now. Subordinated?

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time limit clock..statute barring...

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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enforcement of decrees is 20yrs

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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  • 3 years later...

Posting this more out of curiosity than anything else.

 

About 3 1/2 years ago, I posted about a letter that had arrived at my daughter's address in Scotland (where I have never lived) some years previously and addressed to me about council tax

 

- I was in a long-running dispute with South Lanarkshire Council related to single occupancy when I left for the US in 1999 and they claimed that I owed money that I didn't.

 

I got the question I was asking answered (it related to the 20 years "time limit" to enforce a decree), but I had mentioned that I recalled the letter being from BCW, and one of the responses stated that it wouldn't be from them for Council Tax.

 

Well, guess what I found filed away today (attached) complete with a coffee stain? It was indeed from BCW (I think they have a new name now).

 

Again, I'm simply curious as to what their "connection" to this would be if a Council can't subrogate (if that's the right word) Council Tax to a DCA: I'm not worried in the least.....

 

 

 

BCW Redacted 2007.pdf

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Letter mentions debt, not Council Tax.  CT collection because it usually follows a set way of enforcement is not something a DCA would deal with. Very unusual if this was the case.

 

Are you sure this is not another type of debt ?

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Definitely Council Tax (it refers to a “subject address” which I redacted): there’s no other debt that I would hypothetically owe to SLC. That’s why I’m asking: previous replies have said the same as yours i.e. that this process isn’t the “norm” for Council Tax. As I mentioned, just curious. 

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CTAX is dealt with by DCA's in scotland to this day.

the only problem with BCW's letter is it's a lie.

 

there is no way BCW can deal with it. just a threat-o-gram

 

the council would have had to involved court sheriffs officers to arrest any accounts etc and a mere 'dca solicitor' has no powers in scotland to do that. and sheriff officers have to present such documents from the court in person, not via mail . well dead forget about it.

 

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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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