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If you're struggling with debt and have been for some time, chances are you've had a notice come through your door warning you that bailiffs are on their way to your home. This typically happens after a debt has escalated far, and can be the cause of high anxiety and stress for the receiver.
When it comes to collecting a debt, bailiffs have some different rights. If not handled sensitively, the situation can also escalate to be worse than it began.
This is a helpful guide to teach you what rights bailiffs do have, what they can and can't do, and what you can do to proactively stop them knocking on your door.
Bailiffs have very strict rules they must abide by, despite having more power than a debt collector.
A bailiff may not visit your house until what's called a notice of enforcement has been served. Meaning, if a bailiff intends to visit, you must be given at least 7 days' notice, in official writing, either hand-delivered to you or y post.
Some changes made in 2007 saw bailiffs' powers brought under more control. It meant they can't enter your home if only children under 16 years are present. They cannot enter by any other means other than a door. They cannot take essential items. They cannot visit you at unreasonable hours of the night.
Additionally, they're also banned from using any physical coercion. They must also go through mandatory training before they're legally allowed to start work in this role.
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