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Notice of Sale of Goods

Notice must be served explaining where and when your goods will be sold.


After the bailiff has removed your goods from your property they will try to sell them in order to recover the debt you owe.  To do this the bailiff is obliged to issue you with a Notice of Sale of Goods which will explain where, when and how your goods will be sold.  It will also let you know exactly how you can get your belongings back.

If the bailiff fails to sell your belongings on the first attempt they must send you a new Notice of Sale of Goods to let you know what time and where the next sale will be held.

Like all bailiff notices this notice must contain specific information to be valid.  If the notice is not valid you can challenge it and delay the bailiff action.

The notice of sale must:

  • Be correct
  • Have been signed by the bailiff issuing the notice
  • Give you at least seven days' notice before the sale.  The only time the bailiff can sell your goods without giving seven days' notice is if the value would go down during those seven days
  • Have been delivered by hand, fax or email in writing or have been displayed prominently on your property if you do not have a letterbox
  • Be sent to all joint owners
  • Be renewed or re-issued if the goods did not sell and the bailiff intends to try to sell them again.
  • Include the date, time and location of the sale (usually an auction).
  • Include your full name and address
  • Include the full name of the bailiff that issued the notice
  • Include the full names and addresses of any joint owners
  • A statement of the fact that these goods are being sold because you have been unable to pay what you owe.
  • An inventory of the goods being sold in enough detail that you can reasonably and clearly identify the goods.
  • A statement explaining that if the goods do not sell you will be notified in advance of a second attempt to sell the goods.
  • A statement of your debt - how much money you actually owe at the point the notice is issued.
  • The date and time that you must settle your debt if you want to stop the sale of your goods from going ahead.

 

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.