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Taking control of goods regulations

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2013

The "Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013" has come into force; this means that there is a set of regulations governing the civil enforcement industry.

One of the most significant changes is a new fee structure that has been set by the Ministry of Justice.

From 6 April 2014, changes which include the enforcement of Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates, come into effect.

Key changes

Process and Fees

After obtaining a liability order, the regulations require three distinct stages following referral to Enforcement Agents. Fees for each stage are now fixed through the legislation:

1. Compliance - Commenced by passing to Enforcement Agent. Activities to be undertaken by the Enforcement Agent from receipt of the instruction to recover the debt, up until, but not including the commencement of the Enforcement stage.

Compliance Stage £75.00

2. Enforcement - Commenced by service of a Notice of Enforcement. All activities of the Enforcement Agent from the first attendance at the premises up to, but not including the commencement of the sale or disposal stage.

Enforcement Stage £235.00 (+ if debt is above £1500, 7.5% of the amount above £1500)

3. Sale or disposal - Commenced by the removal of goods for sale. All activities of enforcement from the first attendance at the property for the purpose of transporting goods to the place of sale or commencing the preparation for sale, if the sale is to be held on the premises, until completion of the sale or disposal.

Sale or disposal £110.00 (+ if debt is above £1500, 7.5% of the amount above £1500)

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