Bailiff Advice Guide

A free resource with all the information you need to handle bailiffs properly.

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Bailiff Notices

Bailiffs are strictly regulated and must issue notices to you that comply with a set format.


Bailiff notices are really important to the way bailiffs work.  If they are not formatted correctly or they are served wrongly you can complain and get the bailiff action stopped.

It is worthwhile taking a moment to understand how bailiff notices are formatted and what they should look like so you can be on your guard and know what to expect.

Notice of enforcement ▶

This notice is used to notify you to the start of the bailiff process.  The bailiff cannot take action against you, visit your home or take your belongings until they have served the notice of enforcement.

Controlled goods agreements ▶

Controlled goods agreements are agreements between the bailiff and you which places your belongings under the control of the bailiff while you are given more time to pay what you owe.

Notice after entry or taking control of goods ▶

This notice is given to you after a bailiff has taken control of your goods either from inside your home or inside a vehicle that you own.  The document details what goods have been taken control of and how you can pay to recover them.

Warning of imobilisation ▶

If a bailiff decides that they want to take control of a vehicle that you own they may do so by clamping it.  This notice must be served to you if a bailiff takes control of your vehicle and the notice explains how you can get it back.

Notice that goods have been removed ▶

When a bailiff removes your belongings from your home, they must serve you with this notice which explains why your goods have been taken, where they have been taken to and how you can get them back.

Inventory of goods taken ▶  

An inventory of goods taken is a simple list of all the goods the bailiff has taken control of and removed from your property. 

Notice of sale of goods ▶

If you cannot pay the bailiff, the bailiff will sell your goods.  The notice of sale must be served to you prior to your goods being sold.  It explains where and when your goods are being sold and what you can do to get your belongings back.

Notice of abandonment of goods ▶

If the bailiff cannot sell your belongings, they have to allow you to claim them back.  The Notice of abandoment of goods will explain what items you can collect and exactly how to collect them from where they are stored.

The UK's First Bailiff Relief Charity.

We are a charity that helps people who are facing bailiff action.

Our aim is to aid the prevention or relief of poverty amongst persons who are in debt.