East Lothian Council

Council tax

Why you have been sent a reminder notice

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A reminder notice is issued if your council tax payments are not paid in accordance with the latest bill issued to you.

If you have paid the full amount due within the last five days, you can ignore the reminder notice, however you must continue to pay your normal monthly instalments as shown on your latest bill. 

Only two reminder notices will be issued to you in any financial year - these are known as a first reminder and a second reminder.  If you receive two reminder notices in any financial year and then default on your payments for a third time, no further reminder notice will be issued and you will be asked to pay the full balance due on your account. 

If you receive a reminder notice (either first or second) and do not bring your account up-to-date or contact us to agree a repayment arrangement within seven days, you will receive a final notice. You will lose your right to pay by instalments and we will ask you to pay the full balance due on your account.

If payment is not made within 14 days, a summary warrant will be raised to recover the debt and a 10% statutory surcharge will be added to the outstanding balance on your account.

If the balance remains outstanding, the debt will be passed to a sheriff officer for collection.

If you have submitted an application for the council tax reduction scheme (previously council tax benefit), you must try to pay any council tax due while waiting for your application to be assessed.

Make a payment

You can make a payment now by selecting the make a payment online link.

You can find out about other methods of payment by selecting the paying your council tax link.

East Lothian Council, PO Box 13251, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824314

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