Enforcement agents

The goods that can be taken

There are goods that the agents can't take. You can find out more on the government's 'bailiffs - your rights' page.

The agents can take goods that you own, but can't remove essential items which are listed in the legislation and you can keep your goods if you either:

  • pay the debt including all costs before goods are removed or sold
  • sign an agreement for the enforcement agent to stay in the property until you have paid your debt
  • sign an agreement that holds the goods so the enforcement agent can leave the property and return at a later date if you do not pay the debt as agreed.

If you have signed an agreement the enforcement agent may return to remove goods. You do not have to be there. He will return with an appropriate vehicle and remove any of your furniture or belongings. These goods will be placed in secure storage before being sold at public auction.