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    • ethranes
    • By ethranes 17th Jul 17, 1:10 PM
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    Bailiffs come to collect Council Tax
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:10 PM
    Bailiffs come to collect Council Tax 17th Jul 17 at 1:10 PM
    Hi, I had bailiffs come to my house today to collect an outstanding council tax, I was at work and my wife answered the door, they have given a letter to pay the outstanding amount in 15 days.

    I am currently up to date with council tax payments, there has been no outstanding balance since the middle of last month.

    I called the company straight away on the phone, the lady informed me that they can see that I don't owe anything.

    I'm !!!!ed off because I don't owe anything but I'm liable to pay £80 for the bailiffs to speak with my wife today, when they shouldn't have been there in the first place, as there is no debt, and their own company has acknowledged that.

    Do I just need to suck it up and pay the £80 visitation fee, or should I fight against that?
    Debenhams CLEAR||AMEX CLEAR||Barclay Card CLEAR||Halifax £1600
    Council Tax 15/16/17 CLEAR
    Updated: 30/6/2017
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    • ethranes
    • By ethranes 21st Jul 17, 9:48 AM
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    Hi yup, above poster is correct, council got back to me and have basically said it's not in their hands really, so have paid the £79.10 fee. Thanks for all the help and advice guys, you live and you learn. At least that's all wrapped up with a neat little bow now.
    Debenhams CLEAR||AMEX CLEAR||Barclay Card CLEAR||Halifax £1600
    Council Tax 15/16/17 CLEAR
    Updated: 30/6/2017
    • StopIt
    • By StopIt 21st Jul 17, 9:57 AM
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    One thing to note, and is something I have had to take into account is that paying CT online isn't instant.


    It acknowledges payment instantly, but in my experience takes 3-5 days to go from a pending transaction in my bank account, to gone. If you paid online on the 27th June, it may well be that the action was well under way and when the order was made, the money wasn't physically in the councils account by then.


    As you said, you live and learn. Of course, you know how to avoid such events in future!
    • CIS
    • By CIS 21st Jul 17, 12:07 PM
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    CIS
    One thing to note, and is something I have had to take into account is that paying CT online isn't instant.


    It acknowledges payment instantly, but in my experience takes 3-5 days to go from a pending transaction in my bank account, to gone. If you paid online on the 27th June, it may well be that the action was well under way and when the order was made, the money wasn't physically in the councils account by then.


    As you said, you live and learn. Of course, you know how to avoid such events in future!
    Originally posted by StopIt
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    That was a very common problem when people only made payment on the day or the day before and the monies weren't received only a few days after the due date.

    Craig
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery as I'm now a self employed Council Tax advisor and consultant with my own Council Tax consultancy business. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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