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Notice of abandonment of goods - text only

If your belongings fail to sell, the bailiff has to let you get them back. You will be informed of this by a notice called a notice of abandonment of goods. This explains where your goods are and how you can get them back.

This page explains what information a notice of abandonment 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?

If you receive a notice of abandonment of goods, you should make arrangements to collect your belongings as soon as possible. If you don't, they may be given to charity or destroyed.

What to do if you receive a notice of abandonment

Checking a notice of abandonment of goods

The notice of abandonment must:

  • contain all the correct information
  • be signed by the bailiff
  • give you at least 28 days' notice to collect your belongings
  • be sent to you in writing by post or hand delivery to your home or business, by fax or email, by fixing the notice prominently to your premises if you don't have a letterbox, or by being given to you in person.

Information a notice of abandonment must contain

A notice of abandonment must contain the following information:

  • your name and address
  • the bailiff's name
  • the reference number of your case
  • the date the notice was issued
  • a statement that the goods have been abandoned and the reasons why
  • a list of the goods that have been abandoned, containing enough detail to allow you to identify them all correctly
  • a statement that the goods are available for you to collect
  • how you can go about collecting the goods
  • a warning that if you don't collect the goods within 28 days, the bailiff will apply to the court for permission to dispose of your belongings in another way.

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