Sunday, February 17 2013, 8:44PM
“Ross-end-ales Bailiffs, how to stop them in 1hrFrom October 1998 bailiffs who call at your door must be certified. This means they must have a certificate from a county court allowing them to act as bailiffs. You can complain to the county court about a certificated bailiff.If Ross-end-ales have not been into your home before to collect this debt, they have no right to come in. They cannot break in. You can choose not to let them in.Don't open the door to Ross-end-ales as they may try to push past you. If they get inside, they may have the right to enter again and may break in to take your goods. Don't leave windows open or doors unlocked – bailiffs can legally get through these. A bailiff cannot break in to take goods they have only seen through a window so if you do not let them in they will not be able to take anything from inside your home.Ross-end-ales may leave you a phone number, and arrange to come round to 'have a chat'. Don't let them in, even if they say it's only to use the toilet or make a phone call.Ross-end-ales will want to get you to sign a walking possession order, which is you effectively giving them permission to walk round your house and start making a list of your possessions.If any Ross-end-ales letters are put through your letterbox for you to sign and send back, don't. You don't have to sign and send anything back to themRoss-end-ales must follow the rules, and behave properly when dealing with you. They should not enter your home illegally or charge you large fees that are not allowed under the rules. They should not take goods that do not belong to you, or that are exempt under the rules. If they do not follow the proper procedures you can complain. Write a letter to the bailiff company and to the council that they are acting for. Make sure you include details of your complaint and make a note of relevant dates and events. Keep a copy of your letter. If you don't hear back from the bailiff company then write again.If the police attend your house due to either yourself or the bailiff phoning them, they are not supposed to get involved in any dispute over the debt. They are simply there to keep the peace and ensure that everyone has their rights respected. Sounds great? Well in practice, most front-line police officers are woefully ignorant of the ins and outs of the various laws and rules surrounding bailiffs. This isn't their fault; these rules and laws are sometimes very arcane and difficult to follow. But this can mean that in practice that a smooth talking bailiff can convince the police to help the bailiff out. This is wrong and you can make a complaint about any police officer who gets caught up like this but it's still something you need to be aware of.Ross-end-ales Bailiffs, how to stop them in 1hrfIf you call the police, make sure you speak to them before Ross-end-ales has a chance to, and make it clear to the police that YOU called them, and remind them that they are there only to ensure that there is no breach of the peace and that your rights are respected.If Ross-end-ales calls the police, then you should, again, make it clear to the police that you know your rights and their powers in this situation and that they are only there to ensure there is no breach of the peace.Whatever you do, do not allow the police to let Ross-end-ales into your property or let the police talk you into doing so.I hope this helps to show you that Ross-end-ales do actually employ tactics to achieve their goal,as they simply don't have the powers they would like you to believe they do!”
Friday, February 22 2013, 6:00PM
“These bailiff firms are obviously out to make a profit – they are private companies after all. Council Tax enforcement and the schedule of fees, were never devised for a profit to be made. The charges are the statutory fees which a council are lawfully allowed to impose for enforcement, which was originally all done in-house.It is therefore reckless of councils which contractually oblige their bailiffs to take on additional administration work for free – Attachment of Earnings for example, not to mention the ones demanding a percentage of fees. It hardly needs mentioning the added pressure put on these firms makes them cut corners to turn round a profit. Outsourcing these operations has failed, but nobody seems to be admitting it. Contrary to what councils have you believe, there is a cost to the council. By the same token, the new fee structure devised by the MoJ and helped along with the input of bailiff firms, will be implemented with private enforcement firms (and potential to make profits) in mind. This decision should be reversed immediately and enforcement put back in the hands of local authorities, that is of course if they can't come up with a fairer way of collecting local taxes.”
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