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Bailiffs coming for someone else’s debt

1 month ago - Posted by

Baillif came to my home for someone else’s debt.

I told him that the person did not live here and offered proof of who I was.

He said I was obstructing the law and I had to let him enter my home.

I refused as was not shown any identification or told he was coming.

He then raised his voice saying he was going to get a locksmith and gain entry whether I was at home or not.  This is not my debt.

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1 Answer

TAD Member

1 month ago

Hi

Sorry you had this unfortunate experience.

First, there are occasions when bailiffs can force entry into your home, depending on the type of debt they are recovering, such as court fines or income tax or VAT. However, they have to have the powers to do so, so should show you the paperwork.

They should also show you their identification.

The fact they have done neither, reassures me you have done nothing by refusing them entry. They could have been anyone or even if they were a bailiff, may not have had the appropriate authority to access your property.

You should seek advice from your local Citizen Advice Bureau, as they cannot take the property of one person to pay the debts of another.

It is clear to me this bailiff, if he was that, behaved inappropriately and unprofessionally. He should never have raised his voice.

I believe you have strong grounds for making a complaint about this person’s conduct.

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