Bailiff Advice Guide

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

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Notice of Abandonment

Notice explaining how to recover abandoned goods.


If the bailiff has seized your goods and attempted but failed to sell your goods, they must let you have them back.  This is called a Notice of Abandonment and will explain how and where you can collect your goods.  If you do not act swiftly your belongings may be donated to charity or recycled.

If you do get to this stage there isn't much you can except go and get your things. However it is worth checking the details of the notice to ensure it complies with the rules.

The notice of abandonment must:

  • Be correct
  • Be signed by the bailiff who issued the notice
  • Give you 28 or more days' notice to recover your belongings
  • Be delivered to you in writing via fax, email, hand or attached prominently to your property


Information on the notice must include:

  • Your full name and address
  • The full name of the bailiff who issued the notice
  • A reference numer for your case
  • The date upon which the notice was served
  • An inventory of the goods that are due to be abandoned
  • A clear statement that the goods are ready and available for you to collect
  • Instructions on how you can go about collecting the goods
  • A clear explanation of what will happen if you do not collect your goods within the period given (at least 28 days).

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.