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Are bailiffs allowed to climb over locked gates/fences

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I have read that bailiffs must gain "peaceful entry" through an unlocked door

 

. I was just wondering can they climb over locked garden gates (6ft high) at the side/back of a property to gain entry through an unlocked back door?

 

Reason I ask is I will be staying at my mothers house for a while and unsure if I have had a CCJ issued as I have been living overseas for 13 years.

 

I know it will have been removed from my credit file and they would have to reapply to the courts to enforce the CCJ but I also have no way of checking and do not want any surprise visits as the back door to my mothers property is left open during the summer but the 2 gates to gain access to the back of the house are always locked. She is also elderly and under the care of mental health department and any surprise visit would cause her great distress.

 

If I do have a CCJ I dont have a problem paying it but I have no way of checking as it will not be on my credit file any more and I do not have any paperwork regarding the debt. 

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Cant do anything after all this time.


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12 minutes ago, dx100uk said:

Cant do anything after all this time.

 

Thanks for the reply I know there is a very small chance of an enforcement agency reapplying to the courts to enforce any ccj (if there is any in the first place) but as I say my mother does suffer from mental health issues and I do not want her to be distressed so would like to make sure nothing bad happens.

 

Just want to know on the very small chance they turn up at the house can they climb over a locked gate? The front door is permanently locked due to my mother's illness but the back door is left open when. The grandchildren are at the home but gate to enter the back garden are always locked 

 

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theres pretty much no chance. Out of literally millions of claims that have gone past the 6 years. Maybe  10 get enforcement orders. And only in exceptional circumstances.   A basic DCA will NEVER be granted orders like that.


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1 minute ago, renegadeimp said:

theres pretty much no chance. Out of literally millions of claims that have gone past the 6 years. Maybe  10 get enforcement orders. And only in exceptional circumstances.   A basic DCA will NEVER be granted orders like that.

Thanks for the reply

 

I do understand the chance of it happening is close to impossible but the chance is still there and I dont want them climbing over a locked gate and causing my mother distress no matter how small the chance is. 

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I dont think you quite understand what im saying. There is NO CHANCE of it happening to you after all these years.  EVER. The orders that were granted were over a course of years, and under very specific circumstances. None of those were silly random DCA's.


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Not for a ccj they wont..

Stop panicking

 

This is civil debt

Not what you see on TV

 

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Ok thanks I know I am being over cautious just so out of touch with the UK and worry about my mother's wellbeing 

 

I am sure other may also find this question interesting but thankyou a lot for your replies much appreciated 

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You will be perfectly fine.  If the dca ever got a CCJ, and thats unlikely, its gone, done dusted, even dropped off your file.  Theres not a single thing they can ever do to you.

 

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Again thanks for the replies, just out of interest about my original question and I am sure other would find this information useful. Can bailiffs climb over a locked gate/fence to gain entry to a property?

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35 minutes ago, ploddertom said:

Thanks for the link searched for the relevant section did not show up. 

 

I have searched around several sites and it does say they cannot unless gate is open or they are allowed to force entry which I know would not happen in my case but places normally only mention doors to the property not gates leading to the property entrance can be confusing 

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you are seriously worrying about nothing!!

don't watch uk tv bailiff youtube videos nor uk tv programs.

 

 

 

 


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Just now, dx100uk said:

you are seriously worrying about nothing!!

don't watch uk tv bailiff youtube videos nor uk tv programs.

 

 

 

 

 

I admit I was worried before, not now but I still am interested in the original question as I cannot find an answer anywhere?

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already answered in post 2 

and even if court bailiffs could or if over £600 high court bailiffs could

it makes no diff ...what would they achieve by doing so?

 

lets say they could and they did...why is this an issue to you?

 


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1 minute ago, dx100uk said:

already answered in post 2 

and even if court bailiffs could or if over £600 high court bailiffs could

it makes no diff ...what would they achieve by doing so?

 

lets say they could and they did...why is this an issue to you?

 

Hi thanks again for the reply

 

not an issue with me but if they happened to just climb over the fence, walk into the house and my mother was alone it would cause her a great deal of distress she is elderly and under the care of mental health professionals. 

 

Like you said chances of it happening to me are non-exisitent but others could be in a similar situation.

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you will have prior notice of those actions,,,

seriously from whatever you have gained doubt from ..it .is not  an issue you ever need to worry about.

 

 

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These ridiculous TV programmes are filling a void where there should be a lot more easily available public information.


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1 minute ago, London1971 said:

These ridiculous TV programmes are filling a void where there should be a lot more easily available public information.

I always get my info online not from silly tv. However have not found a definitive answer.

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Yup, fair enough,

 

There are loads of web sites out there that just want to sell advice, lawyers, scare people etc.  The context over the last 10 years is that bailiffs are a dying business. I mean gone are the days when someone's VCR fetched 400 quid, people's goods are not worth anything.

 

You are lucky, your credit file is clean, think of it as a fresh start, you will be able to get a mortgage etc. Why would anyone want to chase an impossible to enforce ancient debt, when there are far more easy pickings out there.

 

I have 2 CCJ's that disappeared, 1 of them many years ago, I really haven't wasted a second of my life worrying about it.

 

 

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As the others have said, there is absolutely no chance. Never happen.


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For heaven's sake - the answer to the question is no, they cannot climb over a fence or gate as this is not a normal means of entry. Lord knows why no-one could just provide this simple answer.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, otterlyendo said:

For heaven's sake - the answer to the question is no, they cannot climb over a fence or gate as this is not a normal means of entry. Lord knows why no-one could just provide this simple answer.

 

 

Thankyou that is all I wanted to know and I am sure would be interested to know if the are going through something like this at the moment 

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Bailiffs use of ladders to get in through a window, and climbing of fences (they wouldn't like mine as they would get hands ripped by splinters then attacked by vicious cats when they got to the other side)  went out with the 2014 Regulations, and they can only get in trough an unlcked or ope door.


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They can clamp a car though.


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