What happens if you don't pay your billPay Council Tax
We are only required to send you one reminder notice in a financial year. If you pay late again you may be sent a final notice and lose your right to pay by instalments.
If you receive a final notice you must pay the full amount. If you are unable to pay in full you must contact us straight away so we can help you.
If you don't pay or contact us, we will issue a court summons.
If you get a court summons for non payment, £95 of court costs will be added to your bill. You can pay in full to stop a Liability Order being granted.
You do not have to go to the Court unless you think the bill is not yours to pay.
After the court hearing, you will be sent a liability order notice together with a financial statement which you must complete and return by law. Generally you will be offered an arrangement and a letter will be sent to confirm this. Where an arrangement is not deemed appropriate an attachment of benefit or earnings will be set up.
Enforcement fees - Debt Collectors (Bailiffs)
After 21 days, if you haven't returned your financial statement and agreed how you are going to pay your arrears, we will pass your debt to our Enforcement Agents (previously known as bailiffs).
Fees, which could be in excess of £300, will be added to your outstanding Council Tax debt.
What happens if you don't pay your bill