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Difficulty paying council tax

Court summons

If you don’t pay your Council Tax or don’t pay in line with the instalments on your bill, we can issue you with a court summons.

We will ask the magistrate’s court for a liability order. This is a demand for you to pay the full amount you owe plus £60 costs.

If you receive a court summons, please contact us to try to come to a reasonable arrangement with you for payment.

You have the right to attend court and offer evidence of why you aren’t liable for the debt, but are not obliged to do so. Either way, please contact us to come to a reasonable arrangement for payment.

You may decide to attend the court hearing if you have a valid defence which will stop a liability order being granted. Valid defences include:

  • the council has not followed the rules when asking for payment, for example not keeping to the correct time periods when sending bills or reminders
  • you have paid what you owe 
  • you are not the person named on the summons.

If you don’t have a valid defence the court will grant a liability order.