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Reminders and Final Notices

Reminders are sent addressed to all liable persons named on the bill.

Please note that the council does not have to send you a reminder each time you miss an instalment, as the law only requires us to send a maximum of two reminders in any financial year.

First reminder

If, after receiving the first reminder, the overdue amount is paid by the date specified in the reminder, the liable person may continue to pay by monthly instalments.

If the overdue amount isn't paid by the date specified, the next stage is to issue a summons to court.

Second reminder

If the account is defaulted upon again a second reminder is issued.

If, after receiving the second reminder, the overdue amount is paid by the date specified in the reminder, the liable person may continue to pay by monthly instalments.

If the overdue amount is not paid by the date specified, the next stage is to issue a summons to court.

Final notice

If the account is defaulted upon again a final notice is issued.

When a final notice is issued you lose the right to pay by instalments and the balance for the financial year must be paid in full.

If the full amount is not paid within seven days, the liable person will be sent a summons and will have to pay costs as well as their council tax.

However, we may be able to suspend the final notice and reinstate your instalments if you contact the council to arrange to bring your account up to date and set up a direct debit instruction for future instalments.

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