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Notice that goods have been removed - bailiffs

If a bailiff takes your belongings away to store or sell, they must give you a notice explaining what has happened. This is called a notice after goods have been removed for storage or sale. It will also tell you what you can do to get your belongings back.

This page shows you what a notice after removal 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've received a notice after removal of goods, it's not too late to get your belongings back but only by dealing with your debt. The notice will tell you how you can contact the bailiffs to pay back the debt you owe.

If you don't pay what you owe, your belongings may be sold.

Selling your belongings

Checking a notice after goods have been removed

A notice after goods have been removed for storage or sale must:

  • include all the information and use the wording in the example below
  • be signed by the bailiff.

If it isn't possible for all the information to be included, for example, if the bailiff doesn't yet know the storage charge payable, this must be provided to you as soon as possible after the notice has been issued.

If a notice after goods have been removed for storage or sale doesn't follow the rules, you can complain to the bailiff firm and ask them not to make arrangements to sell your belongings until they have issued the notice correctly. If the bailiff firm won't put things right, you can take court action to get your belongings back.

This is what a notice after goods have been removed for storage or sale looks like:

Bailiff's notice that goods have been removed for storage or sale

A notice after goods have been removed for storage or sale may be included in the notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway.

Notice after entry or taking control of goods on a highway

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