Charging order

A liability order will allow us to make an application for a charging order on your property where:

  • the amount outstanding is at least £1000,
  • and you have a legal interest in the property,

The council will refer cases to a suitable solicitor. The Solicitor is 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. If you sell or transfer a property, the council tax debt is paid in full before you receive any proceeds of the sale.

You are not under any obligations to sell your property once the charging order is in place. But, 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, to prevent us obtaining a charging order. The debt includes any court fees and costs added in full.

If you pay the full debt owed to the council, we will discharge the charging order. Or, we can stop the proceedings if the charging order is not yet obtained.

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.