Wealden District Council

Council Tax FAQs - Reminder notices, final notices and summonses

This section explains what happens if you don't pay your council tax and what to do if you can't pay your council tax. It explains what we can do within the law if you don't pay and what your legal obligations are.

Frequently asked questions about reminder notices, final notices and summonses

Not paying your council tax

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What happens if I don't pay my council tax?

Answer:

You have a legal duty to pay council tax and we have a legal duty to collect it. Because of this we have a recovery procedure in place to collect any unpaid charge. This is the same procedure follo...

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Not paying on time

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What happens if I don't pay my council tax on time?

Answer:

You have the right to pay your council tax in the instalments that we have given you on your bill. But we have to follow a set procedure for recovering council tax if those instalments are not paid...

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Receiving a reminder notice

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Why have you sent me a reminder notice?

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If you have missed an instalment or you haven't paid enough, we will send you a Reminder Notice. You must the pay the amount that the reminder is asking you to pay within 7 days. If you don't, you ...

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Receiving a final notice

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Why have you sent me a final notice?

Answer:

If you have received a Final Notice from us you will have now lost your right to pay by instalments and you must pay the full amount within 7 days. If you don’t pay the full amount you will receive...

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Receiving a summons

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Why have you sent me a summons?

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If you have received a Summons you will have received a Final Notice from us first and you have not paid the amount that you were asked to pay. You have been summonsed to appear at a Magistrate's c...

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Receiving a liability order

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Why have you sent me a liability order?

Answer:

At a liability order hearing the magistrates have decided that we have followed all the correct procedures in asking you to pay your council tax for your property, but you haven't paid what you sho...

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Unable to pay your council tax

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What if I can't pay my council tax?

Answer:

The first thing to do is contact us. We need to be aware of your problem and discuss a suitable way to resolve it. 

You might qualify for a council tax reduction or discount that you weren’...

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Applying for a council tax reduction

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Can I get a council tax reduction?

Answer:

You can find out if you could get a council tax reduction, under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme by using our Entitlement Calculator.

If you rent your home, or plan to rent, use it to find...

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