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Bailiff Fees

All Bailiffs charge fees to you, the debtor. This is a guide to what Bailiffs are allowed to charge.


When bailiffs act against you they charge fees.  These fees are set by law but there may also be other charges that bailiffs add to your bill.  You are responsible for paying the bailiff's fees as well as paying or handing over goods to cover the cost of repaying your debts.

Paying your debts via a bailiff is an expensive way to deal with your debt.  Try to avoid it if possible.  If you have received a letter from a bailiff, call us and speak to an adviser today.  We may be able to help prevent bailiff action all together.

What Bailiff Fees Might I be Liable For?

There is a three step process every bailiff must adhere to and they are allowed to charge an individual fee for each stage. They are only allowed to charge once for each step.

These fees are for bailiffs that are not acting under a court writ.

Step 1 - Compliance

A bailiff will write to you to tell you about the debt you owe.  They will request payment and issue an enforcement notice.

The fixed fee charge for step 1 is £75.00

Step 2 - Enforcement

A bailiff visits your home or place of business to identify, value and take control of goods that you own.

The fixed fee charge for step 2 is £235.00

Step 3 - Sale

Bailiffs will then sell the goods they have taken control of in order to pay your creditor. Usually this occurs at Auction. See Taking Possession for more information.

The fixed fee charge for step 3 is £110.00

If you owe more than £1500.00 the bailiff fees are calculated as a percentage of what you owe rather than a fixed fee amount.

The charges are as follows:

Step 1 - Compliance: 0%
Step 2 - Enforcement: 7.5%
Step 3 - Sale: 7.5%

Fees When a Bailiff is Acting Under a Court Writ

When a bailiff acts under a court writ the rules for calculating fees are different. The key differences are that there are two enforcement stages, each of which can be charged for, and percentage charges come into effect on money owed over £1000 rather than £1500.

There are four stages to the bailiff process when the bailiff is acting under a court writ:

Step 1 - Compliance 

A bailiff will write to you to tell you about the debt you owe.  They will request payment and issue an enforcement notice.

The fixed fee charge for step 1 is £75.00


Step 2 - Enforcement Stage 1

The Bailiff will ask you to enter into a controlled goods agreement with you.  If you agree to make the regular payments that the bailiff demands this is the only fee they will charge.  The fee will cover the cost of visiting your property for the first time to the point at which the agreement is broken.

The fixed fee charge for step 2 is £190.00


Step 3 - Enforcement Stage 2

If you do not reach a controlled goods agreement the bailiff will take possession of your goods.   The fee covers the cost of visiting your home, identifying, valuing and removing goods.   This fee is charged in addition to the fee in step 2.

The fixed fee charge for step 3 is £495.00


Step 4 - Sale of Goods

The Bailiff will remove and sell your goods.  Usually this occurs at Auction.  See Taking Possession for more information.

The fixed fee charge for step 4 is £525.00

If you owe more than £1000.00 the bailiff fees are calculated as a percentage of what you owe rather than a fixed fee amount.

The charges are as follows:

Step 1 - Compliance: 0%
Step 2 - Enforcement stage 1: 7.5%
Step 3 - Enforcement stage 2: 0%
Step 4 - Sale: 7.5%

 

What Else Can a Bailiff Charge Me For?

In addition to the fixed fees and percentage charges, bailiffs can charge you for other costs that they incur during taking action against you.  These must be deemed to be reasonable expenses and are limited to the following:

  • Expense incurred as a result of storing your belongings after they have been removed from your home or place of business.
  • When a bailiff is allowed to use force to enter your home the bailiff will charge you for the cost of hiring a locksmith.
  • Court fees.
  • The cost of selling your goods.  These might include the cost of advertising the sale , any 'out-of-pocket' expenses and auctioneers fees.
  • Up to 7.5% of any money made through the sale of your goods via an online auction.
  • Any other exceptional expenses the bailiff has incurred during the process of recovering the debt you owe.  These may only be charged if the bailiff has a court order for the costs.


You have a right to see receipts and invoices for the costs incurred.  This does not include, however, the cost of online auctions.  A bailiff must not charge you for anything that is not in this list.

For more information on how to pay bailiff fees - see Paying the Bailiff.

 

 

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.