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The Sheriffs Are Coming - Here’s What You Need To KnowSheriff Officers Advice

Scotland doesn’t have bailiffs, but it does have Sheriff Officers, and they have the same rights and power as bailiffs do in the rest of the UK. When Council Tax arrears are due, and payment has not been made, the Council may pass the debt to Sheriff Officers to manage and collect. It’s important that you take action as quickly as possible if this happens.

What Powers Do Sheriff Officers Have?

Sheriff Officers are subjects of the court, and therefore debt enforcement and any subsequent entry to your home is all legal and above board. It can be scary to get that knock on the door, and to face giving up your possessions in order to pay your debts, but this could happen if you ignore demand letters from the Council or the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Officers are not police, and they do not have the power to arrest. However, they do have the power to remove items from your home, and they will usually have the support of the police if you resist entry or become confrontational or aggressive. Sheriff Officers will always bring legally binding documentation with them to prove you owe the debt, and which states they have the right to enter your home. You should always check this documentation before allowing Sheriff Officers into your home, and you also have the right to call the Sheriff’s Office prior to allowing officers into your property. Sheriff Officers do not have the right to force entry if you are not at home.

What To Do If You Have Received A Letter From The Sheriff’s Office

If you have received a final demand letter from your Council, or you have received correspondence from the Sheriff’s Office, call Council Tax Advisors Scotland without delay. We will act on your behalf to set up an affordable and structured payment plan to either your local authority or direct to the Sheriff’s Office.

Our experts have years of experience in assisting Scottish residents with Council Tax arrears and we would be delighted to extend our help to you if you are struggling with Council Tax debt, or you are facing a visit from the Sheriff’s Office. We can liaise with them to come to an amicable agreement that allows you to pay back what you owe in affordable instalments, and to avoid have items removed from your home.

Worried About A Visit From The Sheriff’s Office? Call Our Team Today

Don’t ignore letters from the Sheriff’s Office as the next time they contact you, it could be a knock on the door. Contact our team today to find out more about what we can do to solve the problem of Council Tax arrears, and get your finances back on track.


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