Bailiff Advice Guide

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Notice after entry or taking control of goods

Notice served after a bailiff has entered your home or taken control of any goods that you own.


When a bailiff has entered your home and taken control of some or all of your belongings, they must give you a 'Notice after entry or taking control of goods'.

Like all bailiff notices they must comply with the rules.  You can delay the bailiff process, attempt to negotiate with your creditor and make formal complaints about the bailiff if the notices do not comply.  The notice must include enough detailed information to allow you to correctly identiry every item that the bailiff has taken.  It is not unusual for this information to be given to you in a separate inventory.  The notice must also be signed by the bailiff.

Sometimes bailiffs return to your property to inspect goods that have been taken into their control.  If they do not use force to enter they do not need to give you another notice.
If the bailiff is returning to inspect goods already taken into control and doesn't use force to enter, they don't need to give you a notice.
If the notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway doesn't follow these rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them to delay taking further action while they issue you with a correct notice.

Here is a full list of the information a notice after entry or taking control of goods should contain:

  • Your full name and address
  • The full name of the bailiff
  • A reference number for your case
  • The date on which the notice was presented to you
  • A statement informing you that the bailiff has entered your property or siezed goods on a public highway or entered into a vehicle in your ownership on a public highway.
  • The full address of the property that the bailiff has entered.
  • The location of the highway where the bailiff has taken control of a vehicle.
  • The make, manufacturer, colour and registration of the vehicle the bailiff has entered or taken control of.
  • A statement declaring that the bailiff has or has not taken control of your goods and if they have, the time and location where they did so.
  • A full list of the items that the bailiff has taken into their control.  This list must allow you to easily and clearly identify the items.
  • A statement of your debts - i.e. how much money you owe at the point the notice was issued.
  • The date and time by which you are expected to pay back what you owe.
  • The means by which you can pay back what you owe.
  • A statement that clearly says that if you pay back what you owe you will get control of your goods back.
  • A Notice after removal of goods for storage or sale must also be included if the bailiff has removed your goods.

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.