Charging order

If a liability order has been granted for a council tax debt and the amount outstanding is at least £1000, and you have a legal interest in the property, then we can make an application for a charging order on your property.

The council will refer cases to a suitable solicitor, who are authorised to deal with all matters related to charging orders on behalf of the council.

What is a charging order

A charging order secures the amount of council tax owed against your property so that when the property is sold or transferred, the council tax debt is paid before any proceeds of the sale are given to you.

You are not under any obligations to sell your property once the charging order is in place, however in some circumstances we may apply to the court to force the sale of your property.

What to do if you have received notice of an intended charging order

You must pay the whole council tax debt, including any court fees and costs added in full, to prevent a charging order from being obtained.

If the full debt owed to the council is paid, the charging order will be discharged or the proceedings to obtain a charging order will stop.

You must contact the solicitors to make a payment.

If you cannot pay the debt in full

If you cannot pay the debt in full, you must contact the solicitors immediately.

It is important that you do not ignore any notices issued about a charging order.