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Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
How long have you been paying off the arrears over please?
On what basis do they want an increase?
I assume they agreed to the original £486 a month?
they sent me an original demand in December 2013 while i was in Spain i started paying by direct debit in january 2014; they now claim the £486/month was not agreed despite issuing bills for that amount and agreeing they have been receiving payments.
So they have issued bills for £486 per month and you are not behind on any installments?
Ok - well in that case if they tried to get a liability order then you could contest it
You have a right to pay by installments and if their bills say £486 they cant change it
If it went to Court then you could oppose it
The Court would want to know if you had defaulted the bill and you would say no
Therefore the Court could adjourn the application or dismiss it all together
It is unlikely if you turned up at Court that the court would grant it on the basis you have been paying and in any event the arrears would be discharged after 2 years
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
i will be back in spain; do i have to attend in person?
Or instruct a Solicitor to attend for you
It seem wholly unreasonable that if you are paying what they said that they can take you to Court.
In the interim I would write to the Chief Officers office
That office handles complaints on behalf of the Council.
i thought so too
Set out your position and why you think it is wrong.
I also would write to your local Councillor
It just seems harsh for someone that is paying
Can I clarify anything else for you/
i lived in a property that was only granted planning permission for use as an office/workshop for a period of 20 years and eventually was granted a Certificate of Lawful Use at the end of 2013. i was then assessed by the Council as being due for Council Tax arrears for the 20 years. as i was occupying the property without approval was it a 'dwelling' i purchased the property which was an ex M.O.D. shed in a sealed bid process.
it had no previous planning use.
i lived in a ex M.O.D. property that had no previous planning permission until i was granteduse as an office/workshop for a period of 20 years, and eventually I was granted a Certificate of Lawful use at the end of 2013.in a contested hearing. I was then assessed by the Council as being due for Council Tax arrears for the 20 years. As I was occupying the building without approval was it a 'dwelling' under law.