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    • i would suggest that you stick to researching on here only. use our search top right for say CTAX or liability order.   you seriously have some wild theories, but those are understandable.   as i have said, there won't be a court hearing you need nor would that help you at all nor are expected to attend, it's not like that, it's merely a rubberstamp exercise .   there is no right of forced entry for bailiffs collecting CTAX debts. the bailiff process is one of a letter which will be entitled Notice of enforcement, this gives you 7 days to pay the sum it outlines with an associated fee of £75 for it being sent. the 2nd step will be a visit, you have no legal remit to engage with them at all, i i would not do so under any circumstances, that visit will add a further £235 fee those are the only things a bailiff can do. the most they can charge is a total of £310.   police do not ever get involved in civil matters like CTAX debt. not sure where you ever got that idea from.   its saturday now so use the W/end wisely, get reading up HERE ONLY it might well pay you on monday to go RING the council CTAX dept and plead poverty etc etc. it might also pay you to find the email address or even better phone number of your local MP and get him involved. they can do wonders.   dx 
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    • Hi Stu and dx1000uk,   I have done the online assessment and as I suspected I already receive the maximum benefits available to me.   Yes I was referring to the fact that some times I know that non-payment of council tax can lead to imprisonment so thanks for clarifying.   let's say I can't make their demands for payment and they do send bailiffs in, I assume these are the type of bailiffs I can just not let in and then after a certain amount of attempts they give up right? does the council then not send the police round? This is what I can't work out and worries me.   The council already know that I am struggling and can't make the payments but when do I get my chance to tell a court or the police that it's not that I don't want to pay but that I can't pay?    Walshy
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      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
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just read this article by a 'gemma wheatley' in our local paper. the croydon guardian.

 

a bully bailiff who forced his way into a croydon familys home has had his licence revoked.

julie sutton and her partner were terrified when self-employed 'nathan bachelor', working for 'equita', woke them up and forced his way into their addiscombe home.

 

the debt collectors were looking for the previous tennants of their home, who had failed to pay a £50 parking fine issued by croydon council.

 

the men from the northampton based company also woke up the couples 3 year old daughter and refused to leave when asked.

 

they then unplugged electrical equipment and threatened to take them away, despite being repeatedly told that the people they were looking for had gone. it was only when the police were called the men left the house.

 

northampton county court took action against 'equita' and 'mr batchelor' was called to explain his actions.

 

last week a judge took away his licence and ms sutton and her family were awarded £2000 compensation. end quotes.

 

i would have loved to have been in court to see the faces of those so called gentlemen.

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If everyone who does have Bailiffs at their door should remember you do not have to let them in. I have had to deal with Equita and was horrified how they behave. Write to the council who you are under and complain you never know they may just stop using them if enough complaints are recd.

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If everyone who does have Bailiffs at their door should remember you do not have to let them in. I have had to deal with Equita and was horrified how they behave. Write to the council who you are under and complain you never know they may just stop using them if enough complaints are recd.

 

... and gather as much evidence as possible (including any neighbours who may have heard / seen something).

 

Try to deal ONLY with the Council (copying-in the bailiffs) - then the need for bailiffs will disappear and the poor things will be out of work !

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Form 4 is the way forward especially to Northampton the district Judge is very clued up

 

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I'm in the process of making a complaint aginst a bailiffs certificate from Northampton County Court, what is this form 4 you speak of?

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