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#1 CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 11:34

Hi I please I need some guidance on how to proceed with this. Basically I have council tax arrears of around 4.5k to settle with the council. This has risen due to Job loss and a whole other personal issues which are currently under control. I am working now and I am now up to date with my current council tax bill and am paying every month without any issues. However they have sent the debt owed to Confero Bailiffs. Now as per usual they have threaten to remove goods unless I pay.

I spoke to the council to take the debt back so I can pay extra to them till its all cleared, but the council said they will not be able to help me, but to deal with the bailiff. The bailiff will not accept how much I can afford and they want the money in 3 payments and no less and they say they will come to the house to remove goods. I just need some advice as to how I can deal with this issue as its driving me insane. The council is not interested and the bailiff is not interested, but I can only pay what I can afford every month. Please help :|

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#2 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 11:48

Remind the council of the good practice guidelines issued by the Department for Commuinties and Local Government which states in s4.4 & 4.5:

  • 4.4 Arrangements should seek to safeguard against bailiffs entering into punitive repayment arrangements directly with bill payers. Local Authorities should consider how they manage their relationships with bailiffs to have oversight over such arrangements and set parameters for such agreements. They should be mindful of the impact that repeat visits may have.

    4.5 Local Authorities should remain prepared to deal directly with individuals at any point. It is perfectly within their gift to call action back from the bailiffs at any time and where there is a case to do so they should consider such action.
There's no forced entry for council tax arrears but anything of value outside (ie a car) would be at risk.
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#3 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 15:43

Thank you for a prompt response. I spoke to the council and they said if I send them my employer details, they will take the account back, but I am not going to do that as they will clean me out my wages. I am paying them my normal bill of £70 per month have said I will add another £50 to go to arrears, but now they want my employer details or I deal with bailiff. Is there a template letter I can use to address both the bailiff and the council?

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#4 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 17:01

What's your weekly take home pay?
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#5 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 18:33

£250 per week

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Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 19:38

MiCB wrote:
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£250 per week
Hmmm, yeh, you'd be looking at about £120 a month with that.

If you have nothing of value outside then you could advise the council that you refuse to deal with the EA and are prepared to 'sit it out' until the warrant is returned - stress that this is not a refusal to pay. However the problem is that at £50 a month it's going to take over 7 years to pay off.

It's a hell of a bill - at least 3 years worth of council tax, probably more. Have you checked that it's accurate and all discounts have been applied?
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#7 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 20:13

Yes its accurate. The thing is that my intention is not to pay £50 a month, but to set the plan going and be chucking more into it as and when. I am also starting a business in 3 months, so will be paying the damn thing off, just want to agree a way forward. I do not have a car and have nothing they can take to be honest. I can gladly let them in, but there is nothing there to take.

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#8 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 20:21

If you mean you're becoming self employed then an attachment couldn't be applied anyway.
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#9 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 20:56

Yes, but am currently employed, so will you prefer I wait?

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Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 20:59

What I'm saying is that you can relay that to the council, so any attachment would be short lived.
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#11 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 20 Jul 2017 21:09

Any advice on how I deal with confero. Can you advice any templates I can use?

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#12 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by Pote Snitkin » 20 Jul 2017 21:13

No templates as such, but when you do contact them include the info in post #2 above.
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#13 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by Schedule 12 » 20 Jul 2017 22:09

See if this one fits, one of Marks letters.

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#14 Re: CONFERO BAILIFF/ COUNCIL TAX

Post by MiCB » 24 Jul 2017 11:01

Thank you very much. Will keep you updated

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