Frequently Asked Questions
I had a bailiff turn up at my house demanding £460 for a £60 parking ticketand he was only giving me 7 days to make payment or he would come in to remove my goods.... It's become apparent that John is either a magician or a very hard working,
What is a bailiff?
Someone authorised by a County Court judge to take away or disable your property and sell it to offset this sale amount against money you owe to a creditor. Priority debts could include things like unpaid rates or council tax, parking fines, speeding tickets, etc. In effect, you owe money to the government. The bailiff needs to have a 'warrant', or a 'warrant of execution' from the court to collect a debt.
Always ask to see the actual warrant and ask that the bailiff identifies himself. A debt collector is different and should not pretend to be a bailiff. Debt collectors do not have authority to seize or disable your property. A debt collector is a debt collector appointed by a private organisation (eg a credit card or loan company) and a bailiff is a bailiff appointed by an arm of the government (eg the council or the tax man).
What shall I do when a bailiff comes to my house?
- Dont let him into your house. He isnt allowed to force his way in and must enter only on your invitation.
- If your doors or windows are unlocked, then he is allowed to walk or climb through.
- If he does get inside at your invitation, he can take some of your possessions (but only the things that are not essential for the activities of daily living). This is known as 'walking possession.' He sells them at auction to offset your debt.
- If you get asked in all innocence if he can use your telephone or toilet, then say no. Chances are that he doesnt need either, he just needs to be invited in to satisfy certain criteria he must work under.
Whose side is the policeman on, mine or the bailiffs?
Through a certain way of using words it is possible to give you the impression that the policeman is there at the behest of the bailiff. This is not the case. The policeman is there to keep the peace and nothing else.
What will the bailiff do if I let him in?
- He will write a list of your possessions and get you to sign a 'walking possession agreement.' He may leave his helper in your house while he goes to arrange for someone to physically take your things away.
- The walking possession agreement means that you cant have the items back because they now are now legally the bailiffs until you pay the debt in full.
- The bailiff has the right to use force in order to open locked internal doors, cupboards and even safes.
- Your former possessions will be sold at auction. They wont fetch the value you paid for them, hence the reason bailiffs may take more than you think is the value of your debt.
If the bailiff gains entry peaceably on his first visit, he is allowed to come back at any time later, then force his way in to collect your items during later visits.
What if the stuff hes taking isnt mine?
Hes not allowed to take things that you dont own, but it is reasonable for him to assume that if its in your house, then its yours. Whoever it does actually belong to would have to prove it, and prove it straightaway, which could be difficult or impossible as some items may be so old that the receipt or bank statement may have long since been disposed of.
The bailiff is not allowed to take things that you need for your work or business. So, if youre web designer, he cant take your PC. If youre a fitness instructor, he cant take your gym equipment. The bailiff also cant take things you need for the activities of daily living; items such as beds, fridges, clothes, showers, etc. Luxury goods such as your DVD player or your Wii all are totally OK for him to take.
How can I question all the levies and fees the bailiff is charging me?
A bailiffs fees are always added to the original debt plus the court fee. If you had paid the bailiff company by making a telephone call and dictating your credit or debit card details, you would have paid a lot less than the amount the bailiff is demanding from you when he visits. It is possible to question and get a full breakdown of all charges and fees from the bailiff firm, but if you are standing belly-to-belly with the bailiff as youre reading this, then its not a viable option as hes already attended and therefore will charge you his attendance fee in any event.
Yes, it is. Both his internal procedures and practice manual and also the National Standards for Enforcement Agents say that he must be justifiable, lawful and proportionate in his dealings. There are quite a few avenues that could be explored, but I can advise you of the best one once I know more about you and your personal situation. The best way for you to deal with a visit from a bailiff is to remember that he is just doing his job and for you to remain calm and dispassionate during proceedings. I know this will be hard, but if you start yelling or getting physical, youre not doing yourself any favours should the time come to complain about the bailiffs behaviour.
Bailiff-mediation.com is not a heartless, soul-less impersonal organisation. I am personally responsible and accountable for running this business. My name is John Galt and the buck stops with me. My mobile number is 07909 588 519. I've been where you are now and I can help you.
I dont aspire or pretend to be a solicitor, a barrister or any kind of legal representative and I dont go to court for you. Im just an average Joe who has been hammered by bailiffs in the past. I learned everything I could by reading and researching bailiff law, sitting in on court cases and Ive even spent time with bailiffs actually on the job, i.e. going with them to see what they do and how they do it. This width and depth of my experience enables me to be an experienced, competent consultant to you for all your bailiff problems.
My fee for bailiff mediation is a once-only £125 regardless of how much work needs to be done (no VAT is chargeable). If your case later becomes an official court complaint and you are subsequently awarded financial damages by a judge, you keep all of it I dont want a cut.
By paying me £125, you get the services of an experienced specialist, an expert who takes personal pride in his success rate and who takes immediate action at all hours of the day and at any day of the week.
I am so confident about my ability that I offer a money-back guarantee: If I cant reduce your bailiff bill by more than my fee to you, then I will refund you the money you paid me - as long as you havent lied to me about your situation.
Why should I hire you and not a solicitor?
Why should I use you, not a solicitor?
- Solicitors charge by the hour (about £150+ VAT or more). I charge a flat fee of £125 for the entire job.
- Solicitors don't offer a money back guarantee. Win or lose, you have to pay them. My services are guaranteed: if I can't save you more than £125, you get your money back.
- Solicitors usually don't have experience of the ins-and-outs of bailiff law. I do. It's my speciality.
- No solicitor I know has been out on the job with bailiffs to see first-hand what they do and how they do it.
Do you do home visits?
No. It isnt necessary or practical. All consultations are carried out over the telephone, by text, email, fax or post. The benefit to you is that this keeps my fee reasonable and affordable for everyone who needs me anywhere in England and Wales. (N.B. bailiff law is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland, so advance apologies, but I cant help you if your bailiffs warrant originated from there.)
What documents do you need to get started on my case?
It will vary from case-to-case, but generally, the basics are this:
1. Any paperwork showing the amount owing, the bailiff company, the case number and individual bailiff name (so I know who we are dealing with).
2. Proof of Housing Benefit, Tax Credit and Job Seeker's Allowance (if applicable).
3. Proof of any prescription medicines you are taking (if applicable).
4. Proof of your identification, eg passport or photo driving licence (so I know who I am dealing with).
5. Any paperwork regarding the original fine or bill that was not paid (so I know the defaulted account number in order to draft up the appropriate letters or faxes to the courts and/or the bailiff firm).
6. Payment of my fee using the Make a Payment button on every page of the website.
What other services do you offer?
Using trusted partners such as lawyers, accountants and insolvency practitioners, I am able to offer you consultancy services in all manner of debt-related issues such as bankruptcy, IVA, guaranteed bank accounts for those with bad credit, reclaiming illegal or unjustifiable bank loan or credit card charges, debt management programmes, removal of CCJs, etc.
Basically, if youre in debt, call me before you call your creditor!
A full list of services is available by clicking here.
To get immediate help with your bailiff problem call John Galt on 07909 588 519 .