I awoke last Thursday morning to find that a company of bailiffs had been into my garden and clamped my car! They had done this while we were all sleeping. They had left a notice of removal on my car window stating if I did not pay immediately the sum of £306 they would return at 10am that day to remove my vehicle for auction. Stated also was their client name, which was my local council!
I spent many hours trying to call the bailiffs mobile number after he failed to return at 10am, but was unable to get through. I contacted my local council to see if they could shed any light onto this matter, as I knew I had no outstanding/unpaid issues with them. They were unable to help me and told me I had to take it up with the company in which the bailiff worked. I located their email address from the company web site and asked them basically what on earth was going on?
Throughout this I spoke with my solicitor. I was informed that the bailiff had in fact illigally levied my car. The vehicle in which he clamped was obtained via finance and in the eyes of the law it was the finance company who owned the car and not me. I was also told I was within my rights to remove the clamp myself as long as I did not damage it.
I sent a further email to the baliffs informing them I would remove the clamp myself if they failed to communucate with me that morning. Still nothing from then so I removed the clamp (undamaged) and stored it in my back garden.
Once again I emailed the bailiffs asking them to come and pick up their clamp as I did not want to be responsible for their device. I also contacted my local police station, just in case/if the bailiffs reported me for theft of the clamp. They were very helpful, took all the details and gave me a log number to quote should i need.
As of today I have sent the bailiffs 4 emails and 1 official letter of complaint, and still nothing at all from them. The clamp is still in my garden.