Do the police help bailiffs collect debts?
The police can sometimes help a bailiff do their job.
This is only allowed if:
- The bailiff is enforcing a High Court writ of control
- The bailiff applied to the court for a warrant to force entry, and the court agreed the police can attend
The police may attend with a bailiff to make sure there is no disturbance.
They must not side with or help the bailiff.
You could be arrested after a bailiff has listed your goods if you:
- Hide goods
- Remove goods
- Deliberately damage goods
- Stop bailiffs from taking goods
You or the bailiff can be arrested if:
- Either of you act in a threatening manner
- Either of you become aggressive
You cannot be arrested for refusing entry to a bailiff. This is only if they have not already been in and made a list of goods.
Bailiff evictions and house repossession
Bailiffs are often involved in repossessions.
An eviction notice tells anyone living in the property to leave.
At eviction, bailiffs:
- Act on behalf of the court
- Make sure the property returns to the lender
In some cases the landlord can instruct High Court enforcement officers to carry out the eviction.
- They must give notice of eviction
- Except when evicting trespassers
Can bailiffs contact me when I'm on an IVA?
Contact your IVA supervisor if:
- A bailiff contacts you
- You get a letter about a County Court judgment (CCJ)
Find out more about being contacted by creditors on an IVA.