If anyone has had direct experience with bailiffs, then they know that hard times have fallen on far too many UK households over the past few years. From cuts, unemployment or other issues such as long-term illness, families can quickly fall into debt and, with no way out, it’s not long before they are being threatened with bailiff action. This can be an incredibly daunting and often frightening experience, and is only made ten times worse by the tendency for bailiffs to act unlawfully when interacting with those who are most vulnerable.
Since the economic downturn and subsequent government cuts, a rise in bailiff visits has also seen a rise in reports of bad bailiff behaviour. For those who have fallen into enough debt to warrant a visit from bailiffs, the last thing they need is for professional debt collectors to start acting unreasonably and aggressively as soon as they arrive on the doorstep. There have shocking reports of everything from bailiffs trying to force entry into homes to threats of eviction and physical violence.
This is why it’s so important for anyone worried about something like this happening to them to seek advice on how best to deal with bailiffs once they do come knocking. Looking over your shoulder and being afraid to leave your home is no way to live, and this is why swotting up on the facts is such a useful endeavour for anyone struggling with debt. It can happen to anyone, with circumstances often spiralling out of control, but it shouldn’t mean that you have to be fearful of unprofessional bailiffs who regularly step far beyond their level of power in order to collect.
Bailiffs have to seek peaceful entry, and obviously can’t threaten residents with physical harm or changing the locks – this is completely immoral and often illegal. Anyone confronted with a bailiff using aggressive tactics in order to gain entry should not even open the door. If you do let them in, then they shouldn’t be allowed to take belongings that are essential, such as clothes or cookers, and can’t take items belonging to someone else. With so many experiencing hard times right now, it has become even more important to get up to speed, so contact CTA today to receive free, independent advice on dealing with council tax and bailiffs.