Have got lots of advice from the National Debt Line who were extremely helpful having received a letter saying they were returning to remove goods in 24 hours - no visit so far.
Have tried to liaise with the council who won't go accept any offer - we have emailed them as well saying we will not allow the bailiffs in the house to remove goods. We did not receive any previous correspondence they quote they visited on 15th Feb (my husband was off with our children for half term and was home) so they didn't try very hard. Plus he would have seen the letter if posted through door.
The council have responded to our email saying they will not accept our offer and that the bailiffs have a walking possession order on a car - which actually was scrapped the same half term week as it was so old.
We have had a very bad run of luck redundancy and struggling generally.
We moved in July 2009 and that's when things went wrong. But both working well now.
We do not have this walking possession order - did not receive it and certainly not signed for it - but the council state...
I am unable to accept your offer of paying the arrears of £1666.49 over 24 months. This is an unacceptably long period for repayment. I am aware that you have made this offer to cover only the arrears and that you will pay any new liability in addition to this. However, I must also take into account that you have been resident at the property since July 2009 and the Council has received no payment on this account since your original bill of 10 August 2009. I also note that there has been no contact with the Council until after the bailiffs were involved in the case.
I must therefore confirm that your offer is not acceptable and that you should contact Chandlers immediately to make payment. Any payments received by the Council, as you have indicated, will be notified to Chandlers and will reduce the amount outstanding. You should however make future payments towards this liability to Chandlers.
You should be aware that Chandlers have already obtained walking possession on some of your goods and these are at risk if payment is not made.
We made a payment and will continue to pay the council.
But does this walking posession stand - the car was on our private drive - also we dont have the car now - so what happens if it does stand??
I guess as they have a walking possession the council think they are in a good position?
Any advice will be greatly received
Thank you - just want to know our next step if they have a legally gained walking possession order.