The new Taking Control of Goods Regulation was made to ‘tidy up’ the process, and to protect the public from often inappropriately behaving bailiffs/enforcement agents.
According to the article found on the internet, Minister of Justice, Helen Grant, has said that “For too long bailiffs have gone unregulated, allowing a small minority to give the industry a bad name. These laws should help to clean up the industry and ensure bailiffs play by the rules. They will also ensure businesses and public bodies can collect their debts fairly".
According to the new rules, bailiffs cannot:
Enter homes when only children or vulnerable people are present
Visit debtors between 9pm and 6 am
Take basic household items
The bailiff must:
Give seven days written notice of their intention to visit, to take away unpleasant surprises.
Must prove to a court that there are goods on the premises before being granted the power to use reasonable force to gain entry.
Debtor must receive Notice of Re-entry 2 clear days before attending to remove.
Bailiff liable for damage to goods and vehicles in their custody.
Sale of goods/vehicle void when no Notice is given 7 clear days BEFORE.
Seizure of exempt goods and protected goods prohibited.
…. And much more, which can be found in the Regulation.
These regulations also give debtors a better understanding of what will happen within a process of taking goods.
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