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Notice of abandonment of goods

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 shows you what a notice of abandonment of goods looks like 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 information and the wording shown in the example below
  • 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.

The notice of abandonment of goods should look like this:

Bailiff's notice of abandonment of goods

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