Paid Council Tax- so why Magistrates Court summons?

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    #16
    Originally posted by alanvincent View Post
    Be careful of the toes you step on today they could be connected to the feet you have to kiss tomorrow. You cant win against small people with long memories
    Very good!!
    ASSUME NOTHING - QUESTION EVERYTHING!

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      #17
      Originally posted by Perplexed View Post
      Their reminder is dated 25 Jan and I sent them the cheque on 26 Jan. There is NO excuse for what they have done.

      I am SO incensed I want my pound of flesh.
      I sympathize, I really do, as I've had numerous problems with incompetent council freeholders over the years, and have issued claims against two separate councils as it's one of the few effective ways one can hack one's way through their bureaucracy, inaction, complacency and b******t. But I'm afraid in this instance I don't think you have any cause of action for harassment or whatever - it's just a clerical or computer error which can easily be rectified by calling them up and pointing out their mistake.

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        #18
        Their reminder is dated 25 Jan and I sent them the cheque on 26 Jan. There is NO excuse for what they have done.
        Err.. so, they had to remind you, does that perhaps mean you didn't pay when first asked???

        Clearly all Council's fault...


        Cheers!

        Lodger
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #19
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Err.. so, they had to remind you, does that perhaps mean you didn't pay when first asked???

          Clearly all Council's fault...
          We've all paid bills 'late' after the reminder comes. No big deal. And usually the original bill arrives before the actual due date, and sometimes the reminder (especially the first one) is a reminder to pay before the actual due date.

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            #20
            The OP should remember too that Liverpool council do not screw around with council tax arrears. Once the payment deadline has passed for the monthly payment it WILL go to full payment required within a set period. If not paid promptly it WILL go to summons, guaranteed.

            Just get everything submitted, and receipted.

            Also bear in mind that Liverpool council have a very clear process for documentation - everything handed over at a one stop shop is logged on the system (to generate a receipt) but the actual documentation is passed to a back office for scanning. Once this has been done someone will review the case and make a decision. The scanning process takes the longest and can be 8 weeks or more depending on their workload. Your best bet is to email them (see email I mentioned previously) and ask them to temporarily put on the exemption.

            They are looking at improving things by letting you submit the student numbers so THEY can verify eligibility for exemption. Only 2 of the universities have so far signed up - this is a work in progress and more long term. It may also only be possible for agencies to do this - another reason to use a letting agency such as mine
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              #21
              Once the baliffs have been instructed these people will then FORCE their way into your property (as happened to a landlord of mine) and DEMAND that you pay their fees which will be several hundred pounds -
              And posting completely incorrect info which may frighten people without putting what the correct procedure is unnecessary!

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                #22
                Originally posted by Emma1973 View Post
                And posting completely incorrect info which may frighten people without putting what the correct procedure is unnecessary!
                There should be a lobby group for that!

                Seriously though, the procedure is fairly straightforward. As long as you stay on top of the admin (eg looking after the exemption certs etc) you should be OK. There are glitches from time to time.

                The OP is dealing with a council that is already stretched (although getting much better), dealing with a process that is crap to start with (eg exemptions apply Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept until May/Jun. Billing is run along the financial year. Every year there is some crossover.

                It is very much like councils paying LHA weekly, while most landlords and agents deal monthly.
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                I see a bright new future, where chickens can cross the road with no fear of having their motives questioned

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