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regarding my council tax.

i spoke to rossendales last week and informed them that i paid the council online.

they said the council will need to inform them before the bailiff stops calling.i asked what will i owe they they said as long as i paid the council in full then nothing.

i said ok and know one came round.


then today i get a final notice but through my door

saying i owe £149.10


and that they will return with a van that they will be with a registered locksmith to remove my goods.saying they can do in my absence.


breaking in.


i told the woman on the phone that you need to go back to court to get acess to break in.

she said we don't we can do it any time we want

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Hi Daz,

I would ask them for a break down of charges in relation to this, for their first visit they can only charge £22.50, second visit £16.50, a total of £39.00, if they have not gained entry to your home and have not got you to sign a walking possession after levying on goods in your home then they cannot charge you anything more I believe. If they have gained peaceful entry, i.e. you have let them in then they can return and force entry. NEVER let a Bailiff into your home, always deal with them outside making sure all your doors and windows are locked.

Hope this helps in some way.

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Hi Daz,


You are still liable for the fees, however I fail to see how they are the amount they are demanding.


I would write a letter and fax it to them, stating that you believe their fees excessive and that you are reporting it to the council.


The fees they can charge are as follows but they can only charge these fees if they have made a levy.


Levying Distress Charges

a) where the sum due at the time of levy does not exceed £100 - £25

b) where the sum due at the time of levy exceeds £100 -

22.5% on the first £100 of the sum due.

4% on the next $400

2.5% on the next £1500.00

1% on the next £8,000

0.25% on any additional sums


The fees were increased for April but you will not have been affected by these.


In your letter state that you are aware that fees are due and payable by you but you are only going to pay what you are required to under the Statutory Instrument applicable for fees and charges when no levy is made.


Copy the letter to the council.


With your letter enclose a cheque for a sum of £22.50 and state that untill they verify their statutory charges, you will pay the first visit fee only, any further visits or harrasment will be reported to the council and that you look forward to a reply.


Hope this helps.

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I have dealt with Rossendales, IF they have not been by peaceful means before and YOU have not signed a Walking Possession they cannot break in BUT they will lie blatantly about all this, ask your council to take the debt back, complain to ACEA (they wont do much but go through the procedures, if they keep getting complaints they might listen) contact the Local Govt Ombudsman about your council if they refuse to take back the debt. write to the Rossendales asking for a complete breakdown of charges as advised above, and state you will take them to court if they cannot prove their costs and visits.

'rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number, shake your chains to the earth like dew, which in sleep had fall'n on you, ye are many, they are few.' Percy Byshse Shelly 1819

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they did make a levy on my car that was parked on the drive but i did not sign the Walking Possession.it was push through my door.my car as been transfered to my girlfriends name

i paid the council in full already.


they have never got entry into my home

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