The bailiffs will remove you from the property and secure it so that you cannot get back in. If you are not there the property will be secured so that you cannot get in. Your landlord or your landlord’s representative must be present at the eviction so that the bailiffs can give possession. When this has been done your landlord can change the locks to prevent you re-entering the accommodation.
The bailiffs can ask the police to be present if they think you might try to stop the bailiffs from getting in. The police are not allowed to help the bailiffs with the eviction but are there in case there is any disturbance. The police can arrest anyone who is violent.
There are no restrictions as to what time of day the bailiffs can carry out the eviction, but they must act reasonably. They are entitled to use necessary, reasonable force to enter the home. They can remove you (and anyone else living in the accommodation), and may also remove your possessions.
The bailiffs will usually ask you to remove your belongings and will watch while you do so. If you refuse your landlord may remove your belongings. Alternatively the belongings may be left locked inside and you must make arrangements to collect them later.
If you believe the bailiffs have acted unreasonably or beyond their powers you may be able to complain. Examples include:
- harassing you or other people in the property
- threatening arrest or imprisonment
- using offensive language
- causing damage to your belongings
- carrying out the eviction when only children are at home
- evicting vulnerable people without suitable arrangements having been made.
You may be able to complain to the Civil Enforcement Association. If this is not successful, contact an adviser.