We work with many local authorities and provide a comprehensive range of enforcement services to them including the following:
Sundry Debt Collection
We assist local authorities in recovering sundry debts where the judgment debt is more than £600. We do this through our High Court enforcement service to recover the money by transferring the judgment up to the High Court and issuing a writ, which, gives us the power to seize the debtor’s goods in the absence of payment. We can also advise you on your approach pre-judgment and enforcement to help you to enhance your recovery strategy.
Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR)
Commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR) from tenants can be very costly for local authorities unless they are aware of the latest legislation.
Overdue and unpaid commercial rent can place an unwarranted strain on the authority’s cash flow. Prompt action, in accordance with the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) regulations, is key to a successful and no cost outcome.
Our team of experts in this process have a combined total of over 200 years of experience. The team appreciates the importance of maintaining the relationship between the you and the tenant, whilst ensuring the recovery of the outstanding commercial rent arrears. We fully understand and adhere to the statutory procedure for Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) regulations.
Above all we will always act to safeguard your reputation during the enforcement process.
Removal of Travellers, Squatters and Trespassers
Having people illegally occupying your premises or land can be very stressful if not costly. Especially when having to make good any damage caused by them, to enable you to re-let and re-use the premises or land for its rightful and intended use.
We can solve the challenges presented by helping local authorities to invoke their common law rights to return the land or property back to them as the rightful owner.
You can instruct us via our online warrant to ensure removal of trespassers and illegal occupants from commercial properties. This includes commercial squatters and fly traders operating from empty retail premises as well as unauthorised trespassers and occupiers of industrial and agricultural land.
For each scenario Court Enforcement Services makes available to you our team’s knowledge bank and experience, to provide you with the most appropriate strategy.
On receipt of the warrant, Court Enforcement Services will manage the project on your behalf. Our agents will attend the site and:
- Undertake a comprehensive risk assessment
- Serve notice of the eviction to the trespassers (usually scheduled for the following day)
- Notify the police, as to be available to prevent any possible breach of the peace being committed by the trespassers
Our operatives are excellent communicators and negotiators, ensuring that a clear explanation of the consequences of remaining on site is provided. However, should the trespassers refuse to vacate the land as directed, Our Enforcement Agents will re-attend to facilitate their removal.
On receipt of your instructions, Court Enforcement Services will act promptly. Provided that the online warrant is received by email or fax before noon, we can undertake this action on the same day of receipt of the warrant.
Should you have a High Court Writ for Possession or a County Court Order Possession we can enforce this on your behalf.
If you have a County Court Order for Possession, our fast and free transfer-up service to High Court Enforcement is available. As soon as we receive your instruction via our Online Form to transfer up, authorising our High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO), we guarantee immediate acknowledgement, as well as fast and effective service.
Forfeiture of Commercial Leases
Most modern commercial property leases give the landlord the right to terminate the lease when the tenant has breached their obligations, for example, non-payment of rent. We are happy to help if you need any information to clarify the status of any lease in question.
There are two commercial property enforcement options available for forfeiture of lease. One option can be achieved without having to go to the court, as it is based in common law, while the other option is obtaining an Order of Possession in the County Court. If already in hand these can be transferred up to the High Court.
This common law remedy is a very quick and effective solution without the need of making an application to a court. On completion of our online Repossession order or it being emailed or faxed to us, we will promptly peaceably enter the premises, change the locks, and display the correct notices of forfeiture and torts if applicable.
This comprehensive Forfeiture of Lease service includes making and providing the client with an inventory (written and photographic) of all valuable goods within 24 hours. Photographic evidence does not incur an extra charge and would be advisable as it has been an invaluable factor when resolving any subsequent disputes over the forfeiture of lease/repossession order.
Eviction of Residential Tenants
We can assist you to recover unpaid rent as well as to take back possession of residential properties by way of a High Court Writ of Possession where you have obtained a Possession Order in the County Court and require the eviction of the tenants.
High Court enforcement is a much faster way of taking possession than by using the County Court Bailiff but you will need to ensure you have the permission of the Court to enforce in this way.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this in more detail.