Non payment and recovery

  • The use of enforcement agentsFrom 6 April 2014 the regulations regarding bailiffs have changed. Bailiffs are now known as Enforcement Agents and the fees they can charge will be due in 3 very distinct stages.
  • Recovery actionCouncil tax is mainly governed by 'The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 and these set down the following procedures to collect the council tax.
  • Attachment of benefitIf you are on Income Support, income based Job Seekers Allowance or Pension Credit and we feel it is appropriate,
  • Attachment of earningsOnce a Liability Order has been obtained from Lincoln Magistrates Court, if you are employed, we can attach to your earnings
  • Bankruptcy and what it meansIf you or your company owe more than £5,000 in Council Tax or Business Rates, and you have been summonsed, we may start bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings against you.
  • Charging OrdersIf the debt owed to the council is over £1000 we can choose to apply for a Charging Order.
  • Committal to PrisonIf you do not pay your council tax, as a last resort, we will apply to the magistrate's court for a committal summons.
  • Problems paying the Council TaxIf you are having problems paying your council tax it is important you contact us immediately so that we can try to help you.