Bailiffs misrepresenting their powers of entry
Bailiffs have no power to force initial entry or break open an outer door if it is either locked or bolted
There are reports of problems with bailiffs misrepresenting their powers of entry, falsely claiming that they can force entry or have a warrant that allows them to force entry or that they will return with the police who will force entry on their behalf.
- Bailiffs must enter a property peacefully through an unlocked door or through an open window.
- They may not enter through a closed window, even if it is not locked.
- They cannot obtain a court order to gain entry and the police have no power to force entry on their behalf. Bailiffs can only force entry if they have previously gained peaceful entry.
To get immediate help with your bailiff problem call John Galt on 07909 588 519 .
Note that Section 27 and Schedule 4A of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 have allowed bailiffs to force entry in connection with unpaid magistrates courts fines. The Citizens Advice Bureau has reported that some bailiffs firms have claimed that this power extends to other debts, including council tax arrears. This is not the case.
If the bailiff is attempting to force entry or has entered your property make note of the time and date and ensure you have copies all the paperwork so that we have evidence to present to the head offfice.
If you think the bailiff has been misrepresenting their powers of entry call 07909 588 519 to get immediate help.