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Council Tax enforcement charge on very old bill

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    I spend much time reading this fantastic site and now find myself needing some advice ,
    last Monday I received a Council tax bill for an old address that I haven't lived at since early 2005 there were no dates just a breakdown of charges within the various funds and a demand for 699.96 the letter was dated 27th April and received in the post on 9th May..

    I sent off a letter recorded delivery denying liability and asking for details of how this charge relates to me and is derived signed for received on the 12th

    Fast forward to yesterday and a further demand arrived dated 9th May the same day I received the original bill

    This letter is from the council not from an enforcement agent

    Notice of Enforcement adding an enforcement fee of 75 and demanding 774.96 to be paid before 10am on the 23rd May
    and specifying that if this is not done an agent will call and will charge 235 + 7.5% and a sale stage fee of 110 + 7.5%
    Only additional detail on this letter is that a liability order was issued on the 19/07/2006

    I'm 100% positive this isn't my bill as there were no outstanding charges when I moved out and the council knew I had moved as they covered the new house

    Two questions what is the best way to deal with this as I have no intention of paying this based on these sparse details and secondly how can the council send a letter within a few days charging 75 enforcement I thought the enforcement fee was an inflated charge for setting up an account tracing etc by the enforcement agency?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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