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Hello, welcome to the website. My name isXXXXX can assist you with this.
Can you pay off the total amount of any sum owed immediately?
no its £1,600
Okay. Then what you need to do is make an offer formally to the bailiffs (which I appreciate you have tried to do), and they will have to take instructions from the owner of the debt as to whether they accept that.
You could write to the Magistrates Court and seek an order to pay the debt in instalments, and this might buy you some time
You could do this by a simple letter to the magistrates court, setting out (briefly) what has happened and seeking an order that you be allowed to pay by instalments.
the debt belongs to the council and I have already asked them and they said I would have to make the agreement with the bailiff
That's helpful of them.
Well, you need to try and do that, as you are, but have in mind the option of trying to get a court order in the event that you cannot reach an agreement.
If the bailiffs are not responding to you (promptly, or at all), then you might need to make the application to the court anyway. I expect, in reality, that the visit today crossed with the conversation you had, and that they will hopefully reach some agreement with you.
I didn't realise I could write to the court . If I tell the bailiff that I have done this will he have to back off?
He doesn't have to back off until the court says so, but they court will deal with this quickly.
the letter I sent was last week and I only got a reply today
his office obviously didn't communicate. Also the first time I rang the office , the woman told me the name of my bailiff and it was someone different
I think that probably comes with a big organisation sometimes.
I don't necessarily think there is anything underhand in it.
not very good though if I am trying to sort this problem out
I agree! Sadly, you see standards of service drop whilst workloads increase these days, and every sector of industry/commerce seems affected! Bailiffs are no exception!
my worry is that they wont accept my offer as I haven't heard good things about Equita bailiffs and I don't want them to take the car if I am out
The only thing you can try and do then until you have resolved things with an agreement is to hide the car!
And maybe apply to the court at the same time.
what will they say when its gone and they have made a note of it .
who do I write the letter to at the court
Just write it to the Clerk to the Magistrates.
They have to find it to take it!
I will write the letter tonight and post it tomorrow , recorded delivery. I'll copy it , can I show it to the bailiff ,and will it make any difference?
Yes, you can show the bailiff. It might make a difference, they might give you 48 hours or so and the Court can deal with your emergency application in that time.
ok, thank you for your help, I cant think of anything else to ask you .
hopefully the bailiff will return my calls tomorrow
when I write to the court do I include any bailff reference numbers
If you have them, yes, do that.