Council Tax/National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR)
The Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 came into effect in 2014 and significantly changed the way in which a Liability Order for council tax or Non Domestic Rate arrears can be enforced by a bailiff.
Under the Council Tax and Non Domestic Rates category of our Bailiff Advice website we have provided the following pages:
The entire Liability Order procedure from issuing of the summons, through to enforcement of the Liability Order is outlined in detail here.
Payment arrangements with bailiffs
If you cannot pay your council tax debt in full to the bailiff/enforcement agent and want to set up a payment proposal, please read here.
Can I avoid bailiff fees by paying the council?
Bailiff fees cannot be avoided by paying the council direct. The Compliance fee of £75 must first be deducted and the balance of the payment split on a ‘pro rata’ basis. Full details can be read here.
What can a Bailiff take from my home?
Under the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013, many household items are exempt from being taken by a bailiff/enforcement agent. Full details are given on the following page.
Council Tax Attachment of Earnings (CTAOE)
If a Liability Order has been issued, the local authority can make an Attachment of Earnings Order. Your employer will be under a legal obligation to deduct money from your wages. Guidance on this subject can be read here.
Council Tax…can I be sent to prison?
Bailiffs/enforcement agents commonly inform debtors that they can be sent to prison if they do not pay. This is more of a threat to encourage payment. Our page on this subject can be read here.
Note from Bailiff Advice:
A simple overview of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 can be read here.