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Recovery and enforcement of business rates

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To avoid receiving a reminder notice for late payment, your instalments must be paid on the due dates shown on your bill. If your account is not brought up to date after a reminder notice, a summons will be issued for the remaining full year's charge, and costs will be added.

If you receive a reminder notice it is important that you contact us on 01642 397108 at once.

Reminder Notice

If we send you a Reminder Notice it will include a statement of account and indicate the overdue amount required to avoid further recovery action. Provided the account is brought up to date within seven days of the date of the notice and subsequent payments are made regularly and promptly on their due dates, no further recovery action will be taken.

Only one reminder notice will be issued during the current financial year and should default occur again later in the year, your right to pay by instalments will automatically cease on the day of default. The total balance remaining for the year must then be paid within seven days in order to avoid recovery action.

If the account is not brought up to date within seven days of the date of the notice, your right to pay by instalments will be lost and you will have a further seven days to pay the total balance remaining for the year. Failure to pay this amount will result in further recovery proceedings involving an application to the Magistrates Court for a Liability Order.


Final Notice

If we send you a final notice,as long as the balance of the years non-domestic rates is paid within seven days of the date of the final notice no further recovery action will be taken. If the balance is not paid however within seven days the Council will apply to Teesside Magistrates Court for a liability order.


Summons

If we send you a summons your attendance at Teesside Magistrates Court is only required if you wish to contest the debt and resist an application by the Council for a liability order, otherwise the case may be dealt with in your absence.

If you accept liability for the debt and want to discuss an arrangement this should be done before the hearing with a member of our staff.

Where an arrangement is made, the Council will still ask the Magistrates to grant a liability order - but provided the arrangement is adhered to no further recovery action will be taken in respect of the Liability Order.


Court costs

The cost of issuing a summons is £74. If the balance due and/or the £74 costs remains unpaid on the day of the liability order court hearing, the Council will apply for a Liability Order at £22.50.


Enforcement Agent

Your account may be passed to the Council’s Enforcement Agent for collection if you have not paid the debt in full or you have not adhered to an agreed repayment plan. This action will incur additional costs.

 

Committal to Prison

The costs associated with the application for a Business Rate defaulters committal to prison are as follows:

  • Committal Summons £305.00
  • Warrant of Arrest with Bail £145.00
  • Application for a Warrant of Arrest without Bail £145.00