If you don’t pay
Not paying your Council Tax
We will follow a statutory recovery process in line with Council Tax (administration and enforcement) Regulations when you don’t pay your Council Tax.
When you haven’t paid your Council Tax, and ignore reminders, we will issue a summons. If you do not pay the summons, including costs, we ask the magistrates’ court to grant a liability order. This enables us to recover the amount owed using recovery actions:
- deductions from your benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit
- deductions direct from your salary, or your employer
- appointing enforcement agents to remove and sell your possessions (you will be liable to pay any additional fees)
- making you bankrupt in the county court (you will be liable to pay any additional fees which can be substantial)
- applying for a charging order at the county court so that we can force the sale of your home (you will be liable to pay any additional fees)
- apply for a warrant of commitment to send you to prison for up to 90 days
Receiving a court summons
If you receive a court summons and are unable to make a full repayment please contact us immediately.
If you receive a summons and want to make payment but are unable to make a full payment, we can make a payment arrangement with you. You’ll need to complete a repayment means test form – you can find this on our ‘problems paying Council Tax’ page.
If you dispute that a summons has been issued correctly we may be able to resolve your dispute before the Court date and avoid the need for you to attend the hearing.
If you want to attend the Court Hearing to dispute the summons you need to attend the Court House by the time listed on your summons. Failure to do so could result in your case being heard in your absence. However, you should also be aware that if earlier hearings overrun you’ll have to wait for the Court to be available for your case to be heard.