Enforcement Agents Code of Practice

Sefton Council Code of Practice for Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) Services

(Updated October 2015)

Introduction
Sefton Council uses the services of external firms of Enforcement Agents in the recovery of outstanding arrears of Sundry Debt/Other income, Housing Benefit Overpayments, Council Tax, Business Rates, Business Improvement District Levy (BID levies) and Parking Fines.

From 6 April 2014 bailiffs were replaced by Enforcement Agents.

This Code of Practice for Enforcement Agents replaces the Sefton Code of Practice for Bailiffs dated August 2013 and reflects the changes required under the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007and subsequent regulations.

The main objective for an Enforcement Agent, together with the Council, is to provide an effective and efficient Enforcement service in the collection of debt.

This Code of Practice has been drawn up in an endeavour to achieve the very best practice in the conduct that is expected of our Enforcement Agents.

Failure to comply with the requirements of this Code of Practice and the relevant legislation may result in the Council terminating with the services of the firm of Enforcement Agents.

You can find the full code in the downloads area below.