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Baliffs and Housing Numbers

Requested on
Tue 5th March, 2013
FOI 2761
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Please can you inform us as to the number of times between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012 that private bailiffs have been instructed to enforce debts owed to the local authority by a) individuals living at residential properties and b) businesses in this local authority. Please also include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.

By “private bailiffs” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. By “local authority debts” we mean any debts which result from a charge which the local authority has made for any reason.

Please can you also inform us as to a) the number of residential properties and b) the number of businesses properties which fall within this local authority.

If providing results for the period 1st January – 31st December 2012 is too onerous because it does not correspond with your record-keeping system, please can you provide us with this information for the most recent twelve-month period which does correlate with your system.

Please provide us with the records for residential and business debts and the number of residential properties and businesses separately.


Cases passed to ‘private bailiffs’ for 2012 - residentail properties  2,526
Cases passed to ‘private bailiffs’ for 2012 for Business Rates 86          

Cases passed to Council bailiff for 2012 for residentail properties  714
Cases passed to Council bailiff for 2012 for Business Rates  125

Number of domestic properties on Council Tax list (as at 31st Dec 2012) 69,875                  
Number of non-domestic properties on Business Rates list (as at 31st Dec 2012)  4,508