Once a Liability Order has been granted, the Council may pass your Business Rates debt to Enforcement Agents to recover the amount owing.
This means that Enforcement Agents can call at your business premises (or, if you are a sole trader, at your home) to take control of your goods and, ultimately, remove and sell them at public auction. Any revenue raised from the sale of goods will be used to clear the debt.
The Council employs the services of two specialist Enforcement Agencies covering the whole of England & Wales. If Enforcement Agents are instructed to collect the debt, then you will incur additional fees.
The fees involved are statutory amounts laid down in legislation and are charged at different stages throughout the process:
|Compliance Stage||£75 (per Liability Order|
|Enforcement Stage||£235 (plus 7.5% of any debt above £1500)|
|Goods Removal Stage||£110 (plus 7.5% of any debt above £1500)|
If you have already been contacted by one of the Enforcement Agencies who has been instructed to collect your debt, you must now deal directly with them to discuss repayment terms. You must also make any payments directly to them. It is clearly in your interests to contact them straight away in order to avoid the fees increasing throughout the stages. Links to their websites are below: