Council tax court summons/liability order advice

Court summons

A Court Summons will be issued if the amount shown on the reminder, second reminder or final notice is not paid in full as requested.

The summons will include a proposed payment arrangement that has been set up on your behalf. Information on how to pay is included on the back of the summons notice.

If you are struggling to pay the payment arrangement that has already been set up, you should contact us straight away.

At the Court hearing, we will ask the Magistrates’ Court for a Liability Order. This is an order for you to pay the full amount that you owe, plus Court costs of £76.50

Attendance at court hearings

Whilst you do have the right to attend the Court hearing, you do not need to attend if you intend to pay the arrangement as shown on the summons or wish to make an alternative payment arrangement.

If you wish to dispute the Summons because you believe you have a valid defence against it, you should contact us immediately.

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Or you can contact us by telephone 01254 585585 or by using our online chat service

Liability order

A liability order will be granted by the Magistrates if they are satisfied that the amount remains unpaid. A liability order allows the council to take the following recovery action to recover outstanding Council Tax:

  • use enforcement agents (previously known as Bailiffs)
  • order money to be deducted from your wages
  • order money to be deducted from your benefits
  • apply for a charging order to be made against your property
  • start bankruptcy proceedings against you

Some of these recovery actions may increase the amount you owe by adding costs, to avoid any additional costs you should make arrangements with us to pay as soon as possible.