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Can a Local Authority charge for Deferred payment on care

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Can a Local Authority charge for Deferred payment on care home fees with no legal agreement in place?
JA: Where is this? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Dudley, West Midlands
JA: What steps have been taken so far?
Customer: I have been sent a bill for care homes fees that includes deferred payment amount now that my Mums house has been sold, but i am pretty sure nothing has ever been signed to agree this
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 12 days ago.
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Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thanks for your response. Happy to keep open if an answer may be found within a week. Thanks Vanessa
Expert:  Ed Turner replied 10 days ago.

Hi. My name is Ed. I am a solicitor qualified in England and Wales and will be able to answer your query.

Expert:  Ed Turner replied 10 days ago.

Unfortunately, Care Home fees do not follow normal rules of commercial contracts. They are like Council Tax: Local Councils can charge them by reason of statute or by-law even if you haven't agreed it with them.