What do Enforcement Agents do?

An Enforcement Agent is commonly known as a Bailiff. They might be instructed to collect the Business Rates debt owed by you, to the council.

If we refer your Business Rate account to an Enforcement Agent for collection, you will incur additional costs as follows:

  • £75.00 compliance fee

You have 7 days from receiving the "Notice of Enforcement" to contact the Bailiff to either make payment to them or agree an arrangement to pay. Failure to make contact would result in:

  • £235.00 enforcement fee + 7.5% of any sum to be recovered exceeding £1,500

The Bailiff will visit you and enforce payment by "taking control of your goods", which may be sold at auction to pay off your Business Rate debt and all the fees you have incurred in the process.

Additional costs or fees incurred at sale/disposal stage of:

  • £110.00 + 7.5% of any sum to be recovered exceeding £1,500 plus any exceptional disbursements

This used to be called "levy" and "distress" previously and the fees charged were different.

Last updated 13 March 2023
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