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  1. Tried both, and as with anything to do with the legal system in this country, they are a waste of time. Made form 4 complaint with the help of the excellent tomtubby, but the judge threw it out because the company the bailiff company worked for made up a pack of lies for the bailiff. The bailiff never even responded himself (maybe he didn't know which end of the pen to use). At the end of the day, the bailiff I was involved with was so wrong on so many counts, but his company backed him and lied for him. Then the judge believed the lies. Then applied for Detailed Assessment of the fees, and my local courts had never heard of it, so it could not continue. I ended up paying £350 for one bailiff visit, under guise of an attendance fee. I know they cannot charge this, but as my local council backed the bailiff company and there appears to be no possible way to win with the courts, I was screwed into paying up. I am still very bitter about it. Tomtubby helped loads, but at the end of the day, when the courts and the local council favour the bailiffs, there is very little you can do.
  2. If they have never been into your house then don't worry as they cannot charge this fee. ALL bailiffs will try it on, but that is all they are doing because they know they are not allowed to make these charges. Someone will be along soon to tell you how to proceed, as I am still a novice at this, but thanks to this forum and tomtubby I know a lot more about what bailiffs can and can't do.
  3. Hmmm, that may class as peaceful entry, as he used no force to enter the property. He does therefore have to power to force entry now in my opinion. Lesson learnt, never let a bailiff push past you if its their first visit. Doesn't excuse his attitude and behaviour though. Waltzing and taking a seat as if he was at home. All bailiffs need to act in a reasonable manner, and it sounds like he has not done so (as with so many bailiffs).
  4. With regards to walking in, surely it depends on whether is was able just to walk in, or if he had to push passed you to get in. Walking in through an open door he can do, but he cannot barge past you pushing you out of the way.
  5. Presumably this means that the first visit fees of £24.50, levy fees and wp fees ARE enforceable, but an 'enforcement fee' or 'attendance fee' for example they can go take a running jump for? I can totally understand this, but explaining it to a bailiff who is unplugging your computer because you are refusing to pay his fees is still going to be a problem in my opinion.
  6. Voxter - does this mean they can charge the van fee of £300? As a business, they gained peaceful entry easily. I have paid everything bar this £300, but they now say they are coming to remove goods whether I am there or not for this £300 fee of theirs. I am willing to pay what I have to, but not a penny more.
  7. Thanks. I think I can handle this one of two ways. One is to challenge that they can charge the van fee at all on a first visit, or the other is to challenge the amount of £300, and ask them to justify this when you can hire a van for 40 quid a day. I think the easiest way will be to challenge the amount and just pay the £40 I think they MAY be allowed. One point someone may be able to help with, when I spoke to the council last year. someone there said, well they have to cover the cost of the van and having two or three men with them to help move stuff. Is this right. Can they charge the cost of having additional manpower?
  8. Thanks ambershadow. Is this written down anywhere? I have made 4 payments to a bailiff by solo card, and I have been charged a total of £30 for these 4. Robbin' buggas!
  9. When making weekly payments to a bailiff company by Solo debit card, can the bailiff company charge for these payments?
  10. Just to pick up on this point, yes. I made the application to my local court, who returned it with a handwritten note saying that this court does not assess bailiff fees (private). So I phoned them up to ask who does, and after speaking to about 5 people, no-one had ever heard of it. No wonder these bailiffs get away with charging what the hell they like, as it appears there is absolutely no way that we can challenge it. Something really does need to be done by government on this sort of thing.
  11. Thanks Tomtubby - will let you know how I get on! Where you say issue a county court summons, I assume you mean pay the £300 now (they are coming this week) and then claim it back through the courts? Would I issue it against the council or the bailiff company?
  12. Disgusting behaviour by the bailiff, but no longer surprising. The sooner these mindless thugs are put in their place by the government the better. Doubt it will ever happen tho.
  13. I think you will find that the average bailiff will not give two hoots about whether you need the items for your day to day business. I have a similar problem, but the bailiff insists that they can take the goods I use on a daily basis to earn a living. The bailiff may well be wrong, but how on earth do you stop them removing goods? They are pig ignorant thugs who have no regard for anyone. I think you need to get the company to write to the bailiff and tell them that the goods they list are owned by them and not you. Statutory Declaration - does that work with a company?
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