The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014
The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 introduce a simplified scale of fees that can be charged by bailiffs/enforcement agents when enforcing debts. With the exception of ‘writs of control’ enforced via the High Court, the following fees apply to all debts (council tax, non domestic rates, parking charge notices, child support agency arrears, rent arrears and magistrate court fines).
Compliance Fee: £75
Upon receipt of the instruction from the creditor (the local authority/magistrates court etc), the Bailiff/Enforcement company must send a Notice of Enforcement giving the debtor a minimum of seven clear days notice that payment is required. A sensible payment proposal can be made during the strict time frame outlined in the Notice of Enforcement. A Compliance Stage fee of £75 is added to the debt and this fee is payable for each Liability Order or Warrant of Control.
Enforcement Fee: £235 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt over £1,500)
This fee becomes chargeable when the case in not paid during the ‘Compliance stage’ or where a payment arrangement is broken and a Bailiff/Enforcement Agent visits the property to remove goods. It is important to note that if the enforcement agent is enforcing more than one Liability Order or Warrant of Control against the same debtor he may only charge one ‘enforcement stage’ fee. He cannot apply ‘multiple’ charges.
Sale Fee: £110.00 (plus 7.5% of the value of the debt that exceeds £1,500.00).
This fee becomes chargeable when a bailiff/enforcement agent attends the premises to remove goods and make preparations for the sale of goods. It is important to note that additional charges may be applied relating to the removal. These include storage charges and locksmith’s fees.
Enforcement Fee of £235 and ‘vulnerable debtors’
Regulations 11 and 12 of the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 are most important and have been put in place to protect debtors. Regulation 11 provides that wherever practical bailiffs should not charge multiple fees for enforcing more than one debt (liability order, parking charge notice, court fine etc).
Given the importance of this subject we have introduced a new page about bailiff enforcement and vulnerability.
The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 can be read here.
Note from Bailiff Advice
The above is a simple overview of the new fee scale and further in-depth information regarding how the fees apply to each debt type (including court fines and judgments enforced via the High Court) can be found in the Bailiff Fees section of our website.
A simple overview of the new Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 including details of bailiff fees that can be charged, the notices that must be given by the bailiff and items that are ‘exempt’ from being taken into control (by the bailiff) can be read here.