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Notice of sale of goods - bailiffs

Before the bailiffs can sell your belongings, they must give you a notice of sale. The notice explains how and when your belongings will be sold and tells you what you can do to stop it.

This page shows you what a notice before sale looks like and explains how and when it is used.

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 sale, you still have time to stop your belongings from being sold. The notice will tell you how you can do this by paying what you owe, although you may have other options for stopping the bailiffs.

Stopping bailiff action - your options

Checking a notice of sale

The notice of sale must:

  • contain all the information and the wording shown in the example below
  • be signed by the bailiff
  • give you at least seven clear days' notice before the sale starts. The exception to this is if the value of the goods would go down if the bailiff waited this long.
  • 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
  • be sent to any joint owners of jointly owned goods that are being sold
  • be re-issued if the date, time or location of the sale changes, giving you the same period of notice again.

If the notice doesn't follow all these rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them to delay the sale while they issue you with a correct notice. If the bailiffs won't put things right, you can apply to court to get your belongings back.

The notice of sale should look like this:

Bailiff's notice of sale

Next steps

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