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This section contains information about bailiffs, who are enforcement officers used to chase up certain kinds of debts. It explains what a bailiff is and the process they must follow. You'll also find information about how you can prevent or stop bailiff action, what to do if a bailiff is due to visit, what you need to do if you've received a bailiff's notice, and how to complain about bailiffs.

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Bailiffs - overview

Information on bailiffs with advice on what to do if they send you a letter, come to your home or take your belongings.

What is a bailiff?

Explains what a bailiff is, when bailiffs can be used to collect debts and the difference between a bailiff and a debt collector

Avoiding bailiff action

Tells you what you can do to avoid bailffs taking action to recover debts, before they are officially ordered to act.