Council Tax Debt

In the last year over 3.5 million liability orders have been granted for council tax arrears in the UK. These are by far the most common orders made.

Always try to arrange a payment plan with the council BEFORE they apply for a Liability Order.

Disputes over Council Tax

If you have a dispute with your Council make them aware as soon as you can. Make phone calls, send emails and write letters. Make sure you leave a paper trail that can't be denied.

Ensure that you attend the hearing of the Summons otherwise a Liability Order will automatically be granted in your absence.

If a Liability Order is granted, you will not be sent one. You will, however, receive a letter from the Council informing you that one has been granted.  They will give you 14 days in which to set up a payment plan.

This is your last opportunity to pay the council directly

What to do if bailiffs contact you

If bailiffs contact you and inform you that they will attend your address, you should immediately go to our Dealing With Bailiffs section and prepare yourself in case they do visit.

There are a number of things you can do to protect your home from bailiffs. Click the link below to learn more.

If bailiffs attend

Bailiffs for Council Tax DO NOT have the power to force entry. They may enter your property through an open door, so if you are expecting a visit ensure you keep your doors locked.

Bailiffs will continue to attend your property to try to enforce the Warrant of Control. There is no limit as to the number of times they can visit but they can only charge in accordance with the set scale of fees.

If an Enforcement Agency believes that they are not going to collect they may send or post through your door a Notice informing you that you may be arrested and imprisoned. This is an empty threat as the Enforcement Agency has no power. If the Warrant is returned to the Council, that decision would be theirs to make.

Other steps...

If you are dealing with Bailiffs for Council Tax then you should look at whether you are classed as vulnerable and take the appropriate action.

Your vehicle could also be at risk of clamping if it is registered in your name and kept at your address or on the public highway.

Click below to discover how you can avoid the clampers..