If you are being evicted by bailiffs

If you haven’t left the property by the date the court has ordered you to leave, or if you don’t keep to the terms of a suspended possession order, the council can arrange for bailiffs to come and evict you. The bailiffs are employed by the court. You will receive a letter from the court telling you the date and time the bailiffs will arrive.  Bailiffs can physically remove you and your belongings from the property, but they must not use violence or unreasonable force in doing so.

Don’t panic if you have received a Notice of Eviction, but don’t ignore it either!  It is often possible to apply to the court to stop the bailiffs from evicting you, but you will need to act quickly.  You should get specialist advice immediately.  If you don’t do anything, the eviction will go ahead. No one other than a bailiff appointed by the county court is allowed to physically remove you from the property. If anyone else attempts to do this, they could be guilty of carrying out an illegal eviction – a serious civil and criminal offence.

Get in touch with an adviser immediately if this happens to you.

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Page last updated: Feb 20, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

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