Council Tax - If You Receive A Court Summons
If you receive summons to appear before the Magistrate's Court for non-payment of Council Tax it will include an additional charge of £65 in costs added to the total amount outstanding on your Council Tax account.
If the total Council Tax outstanding, including the £65 additional charge shown on the Court Summons, is paid before the court hearing date, also shown on the Court Summons, then there will be no further action.
If you cannot pay the full amount outstanding before the court hearing date
If you cannot pay the full amount due before the court hearing date you do not need to attend court yourself. At the hearing Epping Forest District Council will ask the court to grant a Liability Order for the debt owing on your Council Tax account. The granting of a Liability Order will result in a further £30 in costs being added to the total amount outstanding on your Council Tax account.
Once a Liability Order has been granted Epping Forest District Council is empowered to recover the full amount outstanding after 14 days through recovery procedures which can include extra costs and the use of enforcement agents. If you are still unable to pay off the entire amount owing the Council will always consider a Special Payment Arrangement, agreed to by both parties, for the outstanding balance to be paid in instalments.
Setting up a Special Payment Arrangement
If you are still unable to pay your Council Tax in full after you have received a Court Summons for non-payment we recommend that you set-up a Special Payment Arrangement right away. A Special Payment Arrangement will be inclusive of all costs and will enable you to come to an agreement with Epping Forest District Council for your outstanding Council Tax account to be paid in manageable instalments. If you keep up with the agreed instalments then no further action will be required.
If a special payment arrangement is agreed the Council will still apply to the Court for a Liability Order as the balance would not have been paid in full before the Hearing date however if the special payment arrangement is maintained then no further action will be required.
You can set up a Council Tax Special Payment Arrangement by downloading the form below:
Please complete the Special Payment Arrangement form with as much detail as possible, then attach and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: If you are in dispute over the amount of Council Tax you are liable to pay
If you consider for any reason that you are not liable for the Council Tax charge you should contact the Council Tax team immediately via email: email@example.com .This will save you and the Court time.
Please be aware that your Council Tax will remain due and payable whilst your liability to pay is being looked into, we therefore recommend that if you are unable to pay the balance in full you should still set up a special payment arrangement whilst your liability is being looked into. If your liability is amended your special payment arrangement will then be adjusted accordingly.