Notice of enforcement
A notice served at the start of every bailiff process.
A notice of enforcement is a document that must be sent to you by the bailiff before they start taking action against you. The notice sets out why the bailiff is taking action and on behalf of who. The notice should also explain what you can do to stop the bailiff action.
A bailiff cannot visit your home of place of business until they have served a notice of enforcement. If a bailiff does visit you and has not served this notice, you can complain.
Check the Notice of Enforcement to ensure it complies
The notice of enforcement must give you seven days notice and it must arrive in writing either by hand delivery or by post. The notice can arrive by fax, email or you may find it is attached to your front door.
The seven day notice period must not include the day on which the notice is issued, the day that the bailiff visits, Sundays, bank holidays, Good Friday or Christmas Day.
If the bailiff breaks any of these rules you can complain to the bailiff company or the court and bailiff action will be put on hold while the bailiff company is forced to issue a new notice.
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