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We have paid the main bill but not the baillifs fees. As we

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We have paid the main bill but not the baillifs fees. As we understood the baillifs cannot take goods for their own fees without going to court. Is this a fact?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Hi.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

How much is owed in fees?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

£4000

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for the information.

You are almost correct but not quite I'm afraid.

Creditors can never involve bailiffs without a court order. There are very limited exceptions like the Inland Revenue but without a court order generally bailiffs cannot act.

Unfortunately though, once bailiffs are instructed their fees become part of the debt and they can seize goods to cover those fees without any further order.

Obviously if they over charge you can reclaim the sums though.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.