Received a summons
If you have received a summons it will be because according to the council's records you have failed to pay the amount due, as shown on previous notices. If the amount of the Non-Domestic Rates as shown on the summons is paid in full prior to the date of the hearing, then further costs are not payable and your attendance at court is not required.
- Before commencing legal proceedings for recovery the council will always issue a business rates bill and a statutory reminder notice
- Failure to receive such notices does not in any way invalidate the summons
- If you are unable to arrange immediate payment of your Non-Domestic Rates prior to the hearing, then you should contact the business rates team to discuss a suitable payment arrangement
- It is not necessary for you to attend the court hearing unless you dispute liability, although any dispute should be raised with the business rates team immediately
- Unless payment is made in full by the date of the hearing then the council will apply for a Liability Order
Contact the business rates team as a matter of urgency on 01249 706290 or email@example.com.
- The issue of the summons will incur costs of £60.50
- If the Non-Domestic Rates arrears plus the Summons Costs are not paid before the Court Hearing, additional liability order costs of £40.00 will apply
- A Liability Order is an all-purpose order which the council may obtain by application to the Magistrates' Court
- Once it has obtained such an order the council may without further recourse to the court, instruct bailiffs to take and sell goods belonging to a debtor
- The proceeds of which may be offset against the outstanding Non-Domestic Rates and costs, or consider a Petition to the County Court under the Insolvency Act 1986.
No, the hearing will take place in a magistrates court. This is not a county court judgement (CCJ).