On 6th April new regulations took effect regarding the enforcement industry and thankfully, a "Form 4 Complaint" is now no longer applicable and the new regulations regarding 'complaints' now make the position CLEAR in that a Judge may indeed impose COSTS against the person making the complaint in cases where the complaint had no justification.
It is sadly a FACT that in the past year a lot of Form 4 Complaints have been issued and so many of these have been found to have no merit at all with many complainants finding themselves being ordered to pay the bailiffs costs. Worryingly, many times the amounts in question are substantial.
This forum and many others are all too aware of the existence of two websites which actively encourage debtors to pursue a 'Form 4' Complaint and furthermore, those same websites advertise that they will go one step further and will even draft the Form 4 Complaint for the complainant. Naturally there is a fee involved ....of £99.
The same two websites openly stated last year that they had even 'sold' over 1,100 'Form 4 'Packs' (for a fee of approx £15 each). Given that there are just 1,300 bailiffs with a current certificate it is clear that these sites could very likely be responsible for the majority of Form 4 Complaints.
It is important to make clear to anyone reading this thread that the websites in question have never ever published details of ONE CASE yet where a complainant was successful with a 'Form 4 Complaint'.
Today, we have received notification of yet ANOTHER debtor who had lost a Form 4 Complaint and she too has been ordered to pay the BAILIFFS COST of £3,000 !!!
To ensure that other debtors do not pursue such worthless complaints I will of course publish a copy of the order as soon as details arrive (hopefully later today).