Arrears and debt recovery - business rates
I have received a bill to pay Business Rates
The bill includes all details about the property that you are being charged for and your period of liability. The bill sets out an instalment scheme to pay your rates. The first instalment will be set a minimum of 14 days from the date that the account was first raised.
You can choose to pay your instalments monthly by banker's order or direct debit, the council's preferred option.
I have received a reminder notice
You have received a reminder notice because you have failed to pay your instalments in accordance with the original demand. You are required to pay the amount outstanding to bring your account up to date within the next seven days or the full balance will become due after 14 days.
If you have any problems paying or you are not liable for this debt than you must contact the council without delay.
I have received a final notice
You have received a final notice because you have failed to pay your instalments in accordance with your original demand notice. Your right to instalments has now been withdrawn and you are required to pay the balance of your account within seven days.
If you have any problems paying or you are not liable for this debt then you must contact the council without delay.
I have received a summons
You have received a summons because you have failed to make payments in accordance with the reminder notice. You have now lost your right to pay by instalments and you will need to pay the whole balance of your account plus summons costs before the hearing date. If you are unable to pay the summons in full please contact the business rates section to discuss the possibility of agreeing a short-term arrangement.
If you feel that the summons is incorrect, do not wait until the court date, contact the Business Rate section without delay. If you do not pay the full balance on the summons including the court costs before the hearing date a liability order will be applied for at court. If a liability order is granted at court additional costs will be added to your account.
I have received a 'notice to comply with a liability order'
A liability order was obtained against you at the Magisrates Court for non payment of Business Rates. As you have now been issued with this notice you must pay the full balance including the costs within seven days of the date of the notice.
I have received a notice from the bailiff
The bailiffs have been instructed to collect the outstanding business rates from you. This is because you have failed to pay the overdue amount directly to the Council. In order to avoid further action taken against you by the bailiff, you are advised to contact the bailiff company without delay.
If at anytime you receive one of the above notices and you are not liable for the debt then without delay you must contact the Business Rates section.