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Notice of intention to re-enter - text only

If you break the terms of a controlled goods agreement you've made with a bailiff, they can come back to take away the belongings listed in the agreement. You'll receive a notice warning you of this, called a notice of intention to re-enter premises.

This page explains what information a notice of intention to re-enter premises 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've received a notice of intention to re-enter premises, you must act quickly. You may only have two days to stop the bailiffs. The notice will tell you how you can contact the bailiff to make arrangements to deal with the debt.

If you don't deal with the debt, the bailiff can force their way back into your property and take your belongings.

Checking a notice of intention to re-enter premises

A notice of intention to re-enter premises should:

  • contain all the correct information
  • be signed by the bailiff
  • give you at least two clear days' notice before the bailiff returns - this two-day period doesn't include the day the notice is issued, the day of the visit, Sundays, bank holidays, Good Friday or Christmas Day. So, for example, if the notice is issued on a Monday, the earliest the bailiff can return is the Thursday of that week
  • be delivered by fax, email, hand delivery through your letterbox or fixed prominently to your property if you don't have a letterbox. It must not be posted to you.

If a notice of intention to re-enter premises doesn't keep to the rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them to delay their action until they have issued the notice correctly.

Information a notice of intention to re-enter must contain

A notice of intention to re-enter premises must contain the following information:

  • your name and address
  • the reference number for your case
  • the date the notice was made
  • details of the controlled goods agreement you've broken, including enough information for you to identify the agreement correctly
  • details of how you've broken the controlled goods agreement
  • how much money you owe, as of the date of the notice
  • how and when you can pay back what you owe
  • contact details and opening hours for the bailiff's firm
  • the date and time by which you must pay what you owe in order to prevent the goods being taken away to be sold
  • a statement that the bailiff is allowed to use force to re-enter your property to inspect the goods or take them away to be sold.

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