What happens if I don't pay my non domestic
Each year we issue you with a bill which
tells you how much you need to pay and when. This is known as your
You need to pay your bill on, or before,
the dates shown on your annual bill.
If you’re struggling to pay your non
domestic rates, then please let us know as soon as you can and we
might be able to help you. Call us on 01902 696669 or email us at
If you don’t pay enough, pay late or miss
an instalment completely, you will get a reminder notice giving you
seven working days to pay the missing amount. If you bring your
account up to date, then we won’t need to take any further
What happens if I don't pay the
amount as stated on the reminder notice?
You need to pay the amount stated on the
reminder within seven days so that your account is up to
We only issue two reminders in each financial year so if you don’t
keep your account up to date or if you keep missing your
instalments then we could take away your right to pay your bill in
instalments. This means you would have to pay all of your balance
in one go.
If you still don’t pay then legal proceedings will be
If you would like to make a special payment
arrangement to clear the debt at this stage then you need to call
us as soon as you can on 01902 696669 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst the arrangement is in place and you pay on time, no further
recovery action will be taken. If you default on your arrangement,
we will look to take further action.
What happens next?
If the sum due is not paid in full you will
receive a summons to the Magistrates Court and costs of £48.00 will
be added to your account. Unless the summons has been incorrectly
served we will not normally withdraw it.
At the Magistrates Court (which you have a
right to attend) South Staffordshire Council will apply for a
Liability Order, and further costs of £50.00 will be added to the
debt. A Liability Order gives the Council the right to take further
action to collect any money outstanding. This may be to instruct
If a mutually agreed payment arrangement
has not been made by this point, South Staffordshire Council will
pass the debt to our Enforcement Agents for collection. If you are
unable to offer a reasonable payment plan to the Enforcement Agents
they have the power to collect the debt by taking control of goods.
(Charges will be added to your account)
Enforcement Changes Non Domestic
With effect from 6th April 2014 the
Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 come into force.
The fees, charges and disbursements you may incur are summarised
Enforcement other than under a High
Percentage fee (regulation 7): percentage of
sum to be recovered exceeding £1500
Sale or disposal stage
Additional costs and disbursements which you
may incur in accordance with these Regulations are:
(a) the cost of storing your goods,
(b )the cost of hiring a locksmith to gain
access to your premises and/or secure them thereafter
(c) court fees in relation to any applications
made by the enforcement agent in relation to the enforcement
power which are granted. .
(d) exceptional disbursements such as a
removal/specialist contractor (where sanctioned by the court)
(e) costs of selling your goods
If the Enforcement Agents are unsuccessful
in collecting the debt then South Staffordshire Council could
commence action to make you bankrupt or your company insolvent.
Ultimately if you do not have limited company liability the Council
can make an application for you to be committed to prison.
If you are having financial difficulties
the Citizens Advice Bureau have
money advisers who are available to discuss debt issues.
The National Debt line
provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal
with debt problems.
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