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Notice after entry or taking control of goods - text only

When a bailiff has been inside your property or has taken control of any of your belongings, they must give you a notice called a notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway.

This page explains what information a notice after entry or taking control of goods must contain, and how you can check it is correct.

If you’re dealing with bailiff action that began before 6 April 2014, different rules may apply. You should get advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

What next?

When a bailiff has taken control of your goods, you still have time to stop them being sold. The notice you receive will tell you how you can stop the bailiff action by paying back the money you owe.

If you don't, your belongings may be taken away and sold.

Bailiffs selling your belongings

Checking a notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway

The notice after entry or taking control of goods must:

  • contain all the information shown below
  • be signed by the bailiff
  • include enough information to allow you to correctly identify every item that the bailiff has taken into control - this may take the form of a separate inventory.

If the bailiff is returning to inspect goods already taken into control and doesn't use force to enter, they don't need to give you a notice.

If the notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway doesn't follow these rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them to delay taking further action while they issue you with a correct notice.

Information a notice after entry or taking control of goods should contain

A notice after entry or taking control of goods should contain the following information:

  • your name and address
  • the bailiff's name
  • the reference number for your case
  • the date the notice was issued
  • a statement that the bailiff has entered your premises, or taken control of goods on a highway, or entered your vehicle on a highway
  • the address of the property which the bailiff has entered, or the location on the highway where they've taken control of goods or your vehicle
  • if the bailiff has entered your vehicle, details of the manufacturer, model, colour and registration mark
  • a statement saying whether or not the bailiff has taken control of your goods, and if so the location and time where they took control
  • a list of the goods the bailiff has taken control of, including enough detail to allow you to correctly identify every item, such as a manufacturer, model, serial number, colour, material and any other identifying characteristic
  • how much money you owe, as of the date the notice is issued
  • the date and time by which you can pay back what you owe, to avoid the bailiff selling your goods
  • how and when you can pay back what you owe
  • a statement that if you pay what you owe, you will get your belongings back
  • if the bailiff has taken your goods away, a notice after removal of goods for storage or sale must also be included.

Details of goods

The details of goods the bailiff has taken control of may not be included in the notice after entry or taking control of goods on the highway. It may instead be found in the controlled goods agreement, if you enter one, or the inventory of goods taken. No matter where this information is recorded, the details must still be sufficient to allow you to correctly identify every item.

Vehicles

If the bailiff has taken control of a vehicle, the notice must contain a warning of immobilisation. This must contain certain information.

Notice after removal of goods

Controlled goods agreements

Inventories of goods taken

Warning of immobilisation

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