Goodwillie & Corcoran Civil Enforcement Agents
There’s never a good time for a bailiff to visit. The reason they’re planning to call means that it’s likely your financial health has taken a dip and their visit is only going to add more fuel to the fire.
If like many, you’re unsure of your rights and would like to know the best method to resolve your situation, we’ve got everything you need to bring your finances back into good health and keep it in check.
We’ll explain your rights and how to deal with your upcoming visit and even help yiou find a way to deal with your debts on your own terms. Get in touch today to find out how.
The golden rule when dealing with the bailiffs
Never give bailiffs access to your home or your belongings.
In simple terms: DON’T LET THEM IN.
We can’t deny it; most bailiffs and enforcement agents are incredibly good at their job. They have a number of powers that a traditional debt collection agency doesn’t, and they know every technique available to get what they want.
Our best advice is—if they can’t get into your home, they can’t take your belongings.
You aren’t legally obliged to give them access, so don’t. If you plan to speak with them, do it outside, and whatever you do, don’t let them near the open door you’re planning to leave by—they’ll be inside before you know it.
Goodwillie & Corcoran contact details:
Company Name: Goodwillie & Corcoran
Other Names: Goodwillie & Corcoran Certificated Bailiffs, Goodwillie & Corcoran Civil Enforcement Agents
57 Liddon Road
Main Contact Number(s): 020 8466 9111
Fax: 020 8466 9222
Who is Goodwillie & Corcoran?
Goodwillie & Corcoran is a civil enforcement agency that specialises in the recovery of Local Government revenues and commercial rents. They were established in 1988, with both original partners formerly working as bailiffs.
They are members of the Civil Enforcement Association.
The Ministry of Justice regulates all bailiffs and enforcement agencies.
Why would Goodwillie & Corcoran contact you?
Goodwillie & Corcoran’s range of recovery services includes:
- Council tax
- National non-domestic rates
- Sundry debts
- Commercial rent arrears
- Forfeiture by peaceable re-entry
Other non-recovery services include:
- Bill warrants
- Arrest warrants
- Committal warrants
- Company searches
- Vehicle HPI checks
If they visit you to conduct recovery services, Goodwillie & Corcoran is entitled to take your belongings if they think they can sell them to pay towards your debt and its costs.
They are entitled to confiscate TVs, jewellery, antiques, games consoles, luxury items and also any money you have.
They aren’t entitled to take your telephone or items you need for a basic standard of living, for example, domestic white goods, food, clothing, tables and chairs, heating and lighting appliances, etc.
If you need more information about what a bailiff can and can’t take from you or your options in repaying or removing your debt, our team are ready and waiting to help.
What happens to the goods Goodwillie & Corcoran take from you?
If you manage to find a repayment method to satisfy your bailiff’s demands in time, you’ll get all of your belongings back.
If not, they will be sold, privately or at auction, to pay towards what you owe and to the bailiff’s costs in recovering your debt.
To remove your goods, they must first make a Controlled Goods Agreement. This is a document that outlines all of the items they intend to take if you don’t pay.
If you have the means to hide or move your valuables to another location, where the bailiff’s don’t have access to them, then do it as soon as possible. You’ll be given notice of when they plan to visit, so make sure all items that are important to you are safely out of your home, just in case their agents manage to gain access to your property.
The best way to protect your valuables and your car is to agree to repay the money you owe. If your bailiff’s terms aren’t manageable, we can help you find some that are.
What happens when Goodwillie & Corcoran want to take your car?
If you lease your car or it’s still under a hire purchase agreement—they can’t touch it. Nor can they take a car displaying a Blue Disabled Badge.
Having said that, they can’t take a car they can’t find or one that is parked in a neighbour’s driveway or garage. This could include a private car park that doesn’t allow public access.
One point to note though is if your car is found and clamped by the bailiff, you must never try to force the clamp to get your car back. It’s illegal; you could end up with further fines or even a prison sentence.
The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 governs how the bailiffs can charge for their services. The costs of their services are high.
Your enforcement notice will cost £75 and the charge made to visit you is £235. There are plenty more associated fees that will be applied the longer your case ensues, so the best way to keep those costs down is to find a suitable agreement ASAP.
If you’ve been contacted by Goodwillie and Cocoran and need some help or advice, talk to TAD today. Support from our trusted debt advice partners will help you determine the state of your debt to be certain you do owe the money, or if it has been statute barred.
If they can challenge the debt, they will make sure you don’t have to pay them a penny.
If, however, the debt is live, then they can help you find a debt solution that suits your circumstances to help regain control of your finances.
Your debt solution will allow you to repay what you owe with monthly payments based on what you can realistically afford each month.
For help dealing with your debt, talk to TAD to be connected with one of our trusted debt partners.