Non-Domestic Rates - Outstanding Payments
If you have not paid your account in full by 30 September, or your instalments are in arrears, we will send you a Final Notice. It will ask you to make payment of your account in full and will state:
- the account balance - the amount which should now be paid in full
- the date by which it must be paid in full - fourteen days after its issue date
If you do not pay a Final Notice issued to you, or fail to contact us to arrange payment, we may apply to the Sheriff Court for a Summary Warrant. We do not need to contact you before applying for it. If the Sheriff is satisfied with our application and grants us a warrant against you, a surcharge of 10% of your outstanding balance will be added to your account and we will issue a warrant to you. It will state:
- the account balance
- the surcharge amount - added to your account following the grant of a Summary Warrant
- the amount payable - the total of the account balance and the surcharge, which is now due to be paid in full
- the date by which the amount payable should be paid in full - seven days after its issue date
If you do not pay a warrant issued to you, or fail to contact us to arrange payment, we may pass your account to the Council's Sheriff Officers. We work with the Sheriff Officers to enforce payment of unpaid Non-Domestic Rates. They will exercise on behalf of the Council the additional enforcement measures which may be taken against you following the grant of a Summary Warrant.
The Sheriff Officers will initially write to you requesting payment. If payment is not made, or you fail to contact them to discuss payment, they may take action to enforce payment. Some of the powers available to them are:
- arrestment of a debtor's bank account
- sequestration of a debtor
- attachment ('legal seizure') of a debtor's moveable goods, with the option of selling these at public auction or the seizure of cash held on the debtor's premises
The performance of enforcement action will result in additional fees being incurred by the debtor.
We view these enforcement measures as a last resort, which should only be used against debtors who refuse to make payment of their legally incurred debts. We would prefer to deal directly with Non-Domestic Rates debtors at an early stage, resolving problems which prevent payment being made and negotiating, where possible, realistic payment arrangements.