Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


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    Default Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    When you get a notice in writing saying you owe £120 for example, how much can the bailiff charge for calling round? They have added on £200 for me. This doesn't seem to be in the 2003 act, or on the bailiffs list of fees.

    Can anyone help, thankyou. M.


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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    what is the debt for
    do the have a walking possession agreement


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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    Quote Originally Posted by hallowitch View Post
    what is the debt for
    do the have a walking possession agreement
    it's an unpaid parking ticketicon. i have just had a 'removal notice'. bailiff said the extra 200 was fees and costs??


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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

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    how much is 'reasonable'?
    It has to be a countable actual cost.

    Bailiffs cannot make a gain for themselves by charging anything as "costs".

    You can ask for breakdown of reasonable costs.

    If the bailiff wants to charge a fee under a pretence it is accessing personal dataicon in the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998 then you can interpret that as the bailiff is unable or unwilling to show its reasonable costs.

    If you receive no breakdown of reasonable costs the you have no liability to pay those costs.

    The only bailiffs fees you will have to pay are statutory fees, 28% of the ticket, and if applies, £11.20 letter fee.

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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    hi, ty for the replies folks. so in this case, the letter asking for £125 was about right as the council wanted 90 as i stupidly and very regretably overlooked it. i then asked the bailiffs office for a month to pay as i was overdrawn. they refused and upped it to 150. then without notice the bailiff took over and the next day it was suddenly closer to 400!!

    how can this be justified legally? what reasonable extra fees can they charge eg for a visit and hand delivering a 'removal' letter?


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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    The law provides £11.20 for a letter. Only one letter fee can be charged.

    Then its 28% on the pcnicon each time he visits you (max 3 visits). If no goods of yours have been moved in a van to be auctioned, then the bailiff cannot possibly have any reasonable costs for using his van or apply any other charges.

    The law provides no other bailiffs fees.

    If a bailiff is trying to swindle you then he commits an offence.s2 Fraud Act 2006. Bailiffs always try it on and try charging you hundreds of pounds pretending they are lawful. Bailiffs tend to give these charges some rather inventive names but the law doesnt say you have to pay them.

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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    TY NP That's very intersting indeed. It's making sense now:

    1. For a parking ticketicon, they have no right of forceful entry as i have not signed any walking possession or let em in before.

    2. I owe the council money and the company 'reasonable' fees in their tariff and the 2003 act.

    3. the 200+ extra charges is a figure the bailiff has invented.

    4. they are playing on fear. power games eh!

    5. it's game on now..... i'm not letting these bstds get to me

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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    1. No right to break in, provided you never let the in the first place.

    2. Lawful fees are 28% of the ticket each time abailiff visits you plus £11.20 for one letter. Reasonable costs only applies if a bailiff transports your goods in a van and selling them at auctionicon.

    3. Yes, bailiffs come up with al sorts of fictitious stuff to increase their fee. They are not statutory fees.

    4. yes.

    5. dont play their game. Just keep them out and make your car safe.

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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    ty NP! I have written to them saying i will pay what they had asked for, before the bailiff came round, plus 28% + £11.20. That comes out at £150 less than the bailiff wanted! i'll keep u posted how it goes and will make a donationicon too.

    ps. i have promised myself to never park on yellow lines, lol :o


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    Default Re: Bailiffs charges - how much is 'reasonable'?

    Update; I've written to them, told the bailiff the situ in a polite but firm-ish 'I know my rights and you are having a laugh matey' kind of way. He seems to have backed off and I'll pay them next week. Also, I'm submitting a claim for a refund from a previous case last year when they totally ripped me off for £300+



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