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Hello,

 

I live in a small block of four flats, each of which faces a small communal hallway with a single shared door onto the street. We all have the same landlord, who owns the freehold on the building.

 

One of my neighbours appears to use their flat as a second home, and post stacks up for a few weeks at a time, after which they only return for a single night. They also appear to owe a year's council tax and baillifs appeared today to try and recover the debt, but did not get past the communal door.

 

Regarding the bailiffs:

 

Do the bailiffs have a right to force entry on our communal flat block door?

Do I have a duty to let them into the communal area?

Does my landlord have a duty to allow them access to their flat?

Obviously it may be in the landlords interest to do so, to minimise damage.

 

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the council have a liability order and passed it onto bailiffs

 

They have NO right of forced entry you do not need to let them in speak to them

Bailiffs lie

 

They can not take goods that don't belong to the debtor

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Do I have a duty to let them into the communal area? No you are not the debtor, and the bailiff should not disclose anything about the debt unless you are the debtor, and they cannot force entry, through a communal front door, and would be in serious trouble if they did

 

Does my landlord have a duty to allow them access to their flat? NO

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Does my landlord have a duty to allow them access to their flat

I would assume that if your landlord let a bailiff into a tenants flat he would be committing some kind of criminal/civil offence against the Tennant

 

the bailiff however would be enforcing an unlawful entry and could lose his certificate

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