Bailiff Advice Guide

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Inventory of Goods Taken

An inventory of the goods taken.


When a bailiff visits your property and removes goods they must provide a full inventory of all the goods that they have taken.

It is not too late to recover your goods if you are able to repay your debts.  An inventory of goods taken usually accompanies a notice that goods have been removed.  You may have already entered into and broken a controlled goods agreement.

The key thing about these notices is that they must give you enough information about the goods taken that you can clearly identify the items that have been taken into the control of the bailiff. 

If the notice does not do this or isn't signed by the bailiff issuing the notice you can raise an official complaint.  You can ask the bailiff not to take any further action until they have given you a complete inventory that does not break the rules.

The Inventory of goods removed must include the following information:

  • Your full name and address
  • The full name of the bailiff that has issued the inventory
  • A reference number for your case
  • The date upon which the inventory was made.  The inventory may have been made some time in advance of it being served as an inventory of goods removed because inventories are often done if the bailiff asks you to enter into a controlled goods agreement.
  • The full name and addresses of any joint owners of the goods taken.
  • A clear statement that the goods in the inventory of goods taken have been taken by the bailiff.


The notice must include enough detail about each item taken that you can clearly identify the item either in your home or once the item is in storage somewhere.

This may include the make and model, any registration numbers or maker's marks, the colour, material and any other identifying features.

The bailiff is not allowed to use catchall phrases such as 'all goods required to settle the debts'.  The bailiff is also not allowed to take protected or exempt items.

If you are not satisfied that the inventory contains enough information for you to clearly identify your goods the inventory may not be validated.  

If any of the goods removed are owned by two or more people they are in joint ownership.  Each owner should receive a separate inventory from the bailiff as well as a notice that goods have been removed.

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.