There were Government changes made on the 6th April 2014 concerning Bailiffs who from this point are known as Enforcement Agents.
Post 6th April 2014
Enforcement Agents (previously known as Bailiffs prior to the 6th April 2014)
Cases can be sent to Enforcement Agents to recover the debt.
There is a Fixed Administration Fee of £75.00 applied when the Enforcement Agent is sent each case, this is known as a ‘compliance fee’
A letter is sent and if there is no response to this first contact an Enforcement Agent will make a first visit, at this point an Enforcement Fee of £235.00 will be added, plus a further fee of 7.5% on debts above £1500.00 applied.
If goods are removed to cover the cost of the debt, a sale fee of £110.00 plus 7.5% on debts above £1500.00 is applied, when attending for the purpose of transporting goods to place of sale. This does not have to be physical removal but evidence of steps - example tow truck ordered/invoiced A subsequent arrangement made could include the removal fees.
The charges involved are set out in legislation and are considerable. It is advisable to avoid matters reaching this stage.
If your debt is passed to the Enforcement Agents, it is no longer negotiable with the authority, you will need to contact the enforcement agents directly, to discuss payment arrangements.
We use Rossendale’s and Bristow & Sutor Enforcement Agents:
PO BOX 324
Tel: 0844 701 3981
Bristow & Sutor PLC
Tel: 0871 677 0070
Pre 6th April 2014
Cases could be sent to bailiffs to recover the debt. This process is known as the levy of distress. The charges involved are set out in legislation and can be quite considerable. It is advisable to avoid matters reaching this stage if you can. The bailiff has three options if you are unable to pay the debt in full, including their costs:
Walking possession - your goods will not be removed as long as you meet the payment arrangements agreed with the bailiffs
Closed possession - the bailiff will stay on your premises until payment is made or the goods are removed for sale
Removal of goods - the bailiffs can remove goods with a view to their sale if no agreement is made
If your debt is passed to the bailiffs, you will need to contact them directly to discuss payment arrangements.