Civil warrant to seize

The creditor can apply for a warrant to seize property. It enables a bailiff to take property that belongs to you and sell it to pay the debt. If the court issues a warrant to seize:

  • a bailiff will visit you and ask you to pay the full amount owing
  • the bailiff has the right to take your personal property if you do not pay.

Court bailiffs will have identification and the warrant document with them. Bailiffs have the legal right to enter your property and take items which they believe are yours.

If you don’t pay the total amount owing within 7 days:

  • the seized property will be sold at public auction
  • money from the sale will go to paying any seizure and storage costs and then the debt you owe.

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