Debt and Enforcement Agents
You can get free, independent and impartial advice over the
Bailiffs and Enforcement Agents
Since the 6th April 2014, The Taking Control of Goods
Regulations 2013 and The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations
2014 have come into effect.
The legislation ensures Enforcement Agents, (formerly bailiffs)
are more accountable for their actions and sets out the procedure
Enforcement Agents must follow when taking control of goods and
selling them to recover the debt.
Following the 6th April 2014, the Council can instruct an
Enforcement Agent to collect the outstanding Business Rates debt
from you if a notice of a Liability Order has been issued to you.
We may do this if you have not made or kept to an agreed repayment
plan or we have failed to collect the debt by other methods.
Before we refer your debt to the Enforcement Agent, we will send
you a letter to tell you about the extra costs which may be charged
to you if Enforcement Agents are instructed to collect the
To avoid your Business Rates debt being referred to an
Enforcement Agent for collection you should contact us to discuss
your arrears. We will look at your circumstances and try to
negotiate a payment plan.
The new fee structure is detailed below
||Percentage Fees (additional fee if debt
is greater than £1,500)
|£0 - £1,500
||As soon as your account is received by the Enforcement Agency
this fee is added to your debt.
||As soon as the Enforcement Agent attends your premises this fee
is added to your debt.
||As soon as goods are taken to a place of sale this fee is added
to your debt.
Once your account has been sent to the Enforcement Agent any
payments or offers of repayment should be made to Enforcement Agent
and NOT the Council.