land charges on house (by council), and conveyancer paying council interest they have demanded
Consequently I now enclose an invoice for the full amount for your information. I am aware that you do not have the necessary funds available to settle this account and the Authority does not expect you to pay this sum now. I can also confirm that I have already put suitable mechanisms in place to prevent the normal debt recovery processes for invoices applying in this instance.
However, I must notify you that this charge will attract interest at a rate equivalent to 4.87% per annum. This is the rate that the Authority has deemed reasonable and will apply from the date of this letter until the payment of all sums due under this demand.
Please note that you have a right of appeal against this demand to a residential property tribunal. All appeals must be made within the period of 21 days beginning with the date of service. The details of the local office can be found below."
consequently they have charged compound interest of 4.87% per annum making the total owed now over 100K.
Is this legal?
In doing probate I registered the death with the Gazette and paid for inclusion in their local paper; I had been in contact with the council regarding the car home fees due and also regarding the occupancy state of the house. At no point did they ever mention this accumulated debt.
My father died with approx 25K in the bank (due to not spending any pension for over 2 years in the care home) leaving approx 20K after costs. The sale price of the house (after taking into account the estate agent charges and conveyancer fees) only just covered the amount owed to the council and now it isn't enough to cover the debts since they have added the interest charge.
Also can the conveyancer pay the c
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