Bailiff Regulatory Reforms To Be Introduced

Measures Designed To Provide More Clarity Regarding Use Of Services

15.04.2014

New changes to the powers that bailiffs and debt collection agencies have in terms of enforcement are set to come into force from Sunday (April 6th).

The reforms to the Tribunals, Courts & Enforcement Act 2007 are to be introduced following a Ministry of Justice consultation on debt collection and are aimed at providing more clarity in relation to issues such as when services can be used and what goods can be taken control of.

Among the measures are plans which will see mandatory training and certification for bailiffs who will now be known as enforcement agents, the need to declare how they intend to force entry, take control of goods and what force they will use before being granted a warrant and restrictions on the sale of controlled items.

In addition, enforcement agents will also need to give notice before taking control of goods unless they gain specific permission from the courts.

Industry bodies including the Civil Enforcement Association have broadly welcomed the reforms.

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