New bailiffs rules come into force on on 6 April 2014 and follow the Ministry of Justice consultation on the debt collection industry last year.
They are part of a wider package of reforms to the Tribunals, Courts & Enforcement Act 2007.
· A ban on bailiffs entering homes at night and from using physical force against debtors.
· Bailiffs will also be prevented from entering homes when only children are present, and from taking household essentials such as washing machines.
· Ban landlords from using bailiffs to seize property for residential rent debts without going to court first
· Introduce mandatory training and certification for bailiffs
· Ensure vulnerable people get assistance and that bailiffs are trained to recognise them
· Introduce clearer rules detailing when a bailiff can enter a property and what goods they can take
· Bring in restrictions on when bailiffs can sell goods
· Require bailiffs to tell the court the likely means of entry, goods involved and amount of force required before a warrant is granted to force entry, as well as provide details of how the premises will be left in a secure state afterwards
· Force bailiffs to give seven days' notice before taking possessions, unless they have specific permission from a court
· Introduce fixed fees, ending the ability of bailiffs to add excessive charges to the amount debtors had to pay
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