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Guide What happens if you don't pay your Council Tax?

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3. What happens if you don't pay?

Reminder notice

If you miss a payment we will send you a reminder notice. It gives you seven days to bring your instalments up to date. If you pay within the time limit, but fall behind again, we will send you a second reminder.

Some people play 'the reminder game' - not paying until a reminder arrives. But if you miss making a payment for a third time in the financial year, or if you do not pay the full amount stated on the first or second reminders within the time limit given, we will send you a final notice. It isn't worth the risk!

Final notice/demand

 A final notice/demand means that you must pay the total amount outstanding for the rest of the financial year within seven days.

If you do not pay the balance in full, we will start recovery action through the magistrates court.

Please avoid letting matters reach this stage and contact us on 01395 517448 or email as soon as possible if you have problems in making payment.