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What powers do bailiffs have?

It depends.

There are bailiffs and there are bailiffs.

Top of the tree are the High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs). Their powers are wide and they are not afraid to use them. They are the sort of bailiffs you may have seen on TV who let themselves in if they find an opening. They tend to be persistent and if they can’t find anything to take with enough value to sell to cover the debt and their fees, they will often issue a statutory demand which can lead to bankruptcy.

Non HCEOs have less powers but still should not be ignored. You are likely to see one of these if you have a County Court Judgment (CCJ) against you and you have not paid. The creditor applies for a warrant of control from the County Court and that warrant is valid for 12 months. In some cases they can take your vehicle or any number of goods from inside your home but not toys, basic household necessities or tools for work.

Author: Nona Bowkis

Published: 10 Mar 2011


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