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Post by Blackshuck » 08 Sep 2017 09:18

Hello,

Just joined the forum. i recently received a summons from Norwich City Council for non-payment of council tax and yesterday I received a 14-day Notice of Enforcement Agent Instruction, . I also received a leaflet on Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014. At one point the leaflet states;

"The following disbursements are recoverable provided they are reasonably and actually incurred....

b) The cost of hiring a locksmith to gain access when using reasonable force to enter them."

I thought locksmiths were not allowed to be deployed in circumstances of non-payment of council tax. Please can someone clarify/

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Post by Schedule 12 » 08 Sep 2017 09:49

Council tax is recovered under a power conferred by a liability order. These only have the power to recover the money owed. It is not authority to enter premises.

If you read the whole paragraph, it says it only applies in accordance with Schedule 12 for the purpose of securing premises.

Under schedule 12, it provides only for the power of entry under provision 15 of that schedule.
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Post by Schedule 12 » 08 Sep 2017 09:50

Council tax is recovered under a power conferred by a liability order. These only have the power to recover the money owed. It is not authority to enter premises.

If you read the whole paragraph, it says it only applies in accordance with Schedule 12 for the purpose of securing premises.

Under schedule 12, it provides only for the power of entry under provision 15 of that schedule.
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Post by Pote Snitkin » 08 Sep 2017 11:44

Locksmiths can be used in limited circumstances depending on the debt. For council tax debt a locksmith can be used if the bailiff has previously entered and has a controlled goods agreement. If he's never been in your home then he cannot force entry.
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Post by Schedule 12 » 08 Sep 2017 12:26

That has never happened as far I know. Controlled Goods Agreements are seldom used after the 2014 regulations. Bailiffs prefer Clamp & Run.

There is no equity for bailiffs listing worthless nick nacks in peoples homes. They prefer to use the fear of an impending breaking entry - even if there is no power.
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