A recent article in the Daily Express raised concerns about the use of ‘fake bailiffs’ removing travellers from private land. The issue was highlighted as a scam to con money out of landowners.
For those who’ve never had to use Certificated Enforcement Agents (bailiffs) before this could be quite alarming. It may put them off taking their own action out against the travellers. However, this is a quick and effective method that can be carried out under Common Law.
At The Bailiff Company we are trusted to work on behalf of private landowners to remove travellers. We are a registered company, VAT registered and carry out traveller evictions for national companies, as well as District and Local councils.
We employ Certificated Bailiffs, who are all fully trained in evictions. Many of them are ex Police Officers and have a good relationship with local police forces and gypsy liaison officers. They are all fully vetted before they start work.
When on site our staff all wear logoed uniforms and conduct themselves in a professional manner. We would never take cash from clients for any type of work and all payments are made by BACS transfer.
If required we can move travellers on the same day and work under Common Law, which enables private landowners to do so without the need to go to court. We can also work using a Possession Order (High Court Writ).
There was also a concern in the Daily Express article that landowners were being forced into paying travellers large sums of money to leave. This was then relayed to other travellers in the area and would mean more groups would turn up on the land.
We would never recommend a client paid a group of travellers to leave their land. However, we do know this can be a problem – there was a landowner on the Wirral who paid travellers £15,000 to leave.
Across the country
The ‘fake bailiffs’ scam has reportedly been operating in parts of Birmingham and Stoke, as well as areas of London. We can provide our services across the country and have a network of Certificated Enforcement Agents working for us. We have a specialist eviction team based in the West Midlands and North London who can attend to sites on the same day.
A trusted company
When you instruct The Bailiff Company to remove travellers you can rest assured that you are using a respected and trusted company. We understand all the correct legal processes and work together with all the appropriate authorities.
We are a recognised company through the CEAA (Civil Enforcement Agents Association). Our Managing Director, Eoin Hirst, is Chairman of the Northern Branch of CEAA.
Members of the association must hold a current Enforcement Agent Certificate in England & Wales under the Certification of Enforcement Agents Regulations 2014.
The association has a strict complaints procedure if a client has any issues about the work of an Enforcement Agent. You can find out more information about the CEAA here: www.ceaa.co.uk.
Any bailiffs that we use must be a member of the CEAA, CIVEA (Civil Enforcement Association) or HCEOA (High Court Enforcement Officers Association). We would never use anyone that couldn’t produce any credentials.
You can find out more about how we can help you evict travellers from your land here.
If you want to discuss your requirements or have an urgent case that you need our assistance with please contact us.
This week a group of travellers consisting of five caravans set up camp on a field in Croydon. This is despite the council having put large barriers on the site to prevent this happening.
Local residents have had problems with groups of travellers in the past. However, they have not returned to the site for a long time.
Croydon Council also has a court order in place, covering 200 of the parks, open spaces and other council owned areas in the borough. The area of land currently occupied by the travellers is in an area protected by this order.
This injection prevents travellers from setting up camp on any of these areas. It allows the council to use High Court enforcement officers to move groups on without the need for a possession order. This reduces the time taken to move groups on and they can often be evicted on the same day.
Croydon Council had seen a large increase in the number of illegal traveller encampments this year, which led to them taking out the injection.
At The Bailiff Company we offer a same day service for traveller evictions. Where groups have set up illegal encampments on privately owned land, we can evict them on the same day without the need for a court order.
Depending on the size of the encampment, a number of our bailiffs would attend the site and speak with the leaders. They will allow them a reasonable time to leave. If they have not left by this point the bailiffs will start to evict them.
We also work with a number of local authorities to swiftly and effectively deal with illegal encampments on council owned property.
You can find more details on our traveller eviction service here.
If you require help to remove travellers on your land then contact us today. One of our duty officers will be on call outside of office hours to provide assistance.
The team from The Bailiff Company will be exhibiting at Buy Yorkshire, which takes place on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.
We will be meeting customers old and new to discuss your requirements and explain how our services can benefit you.
You may never have needed to work with bailiffs or High Court Enforcement Officers before and be unsure as to what we can do. At the event we will be able to provide you with more information on our traveller eviction work, how we can assist with lease forfeits and commercial rent arrears or what your options are regarding the collection of debts.
If you’re attending Buy Yorkshire you can meet with us on Stand C142. You can also contact us in advance to let us know you’ll be at the event and we can book in a time to see you.
What is Buy Yorkshire?
Buy Yorkshire is the North’s biggest B2B conference and exhibition, with 200 stands and over 4,000 delegates expected on the day.
It brings together executives and stakeholders from across the business community, who are able to meet, network, share experiences and build relationships in the one place. The event is brought together by The Yorkshire Mafia, who are the largest and most active business networking group outside of the capital.
As well as a packed exhibition hall, there is also a varied programme of seminars, panels and workshops for attendees.
When is Buy Yorkshire?
Buy Yorkshire 2018 takes place on Tuesday 15th May 2018 between 9am and 5pm. The venue is Leeds First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY. There are public car parks nearby and the arena is a 15 minute walk from Leeds train station.
How can I attend?
Entry to Buy Yorkshire is free to attend for delegates. You can register in advance online here to save time on the day, as well as booking your place for any of the seminars.
We look forward to seeing you on 15th May.
Travellers setting up unauthorised camps on private land can cause problems for your business. It is inconvenient and disruptive for employees and customers when travellers arrive on disused land or business car parks. Acting quickly to evict travellers from your land is the key to minimising the damage they cause and the cost to your business.
I have travellers on my property
Talking to the traveller families is often the first step, but only if you feel it is safe and appropriate. Tell them that it is private property, ask what they are doing and how long they’re staying. Use your own judgement and, if you feel unsafe or intimidated by the group, don’t put yourself at risk.
Do I have to go to court to evict travellers?
It’s often presumed that you require a court order to take back possession of your land. However, this is not the case and, in many instances, travellers can be removed on the same day.
Instructing a bailiff to remove travellers
Private landowners, under Common Law, can evict travellers and regain possession of their land. This doesn’t require any court action and can be enforced by a Certified Enforcement Agent (bailiff).,
A bailiff will typically visit the site on the same day and serve an eviction notice on the travellers. They will speak to the group and encourage them to leave before the end of the notice period.
Bailiffs will attend again where they have not left by the next day (or sooner if necessary) and use a tow trick to evict the travellers.
Can travellers be evicted the same day?
Unauthorised encampments can, in some cases, be served with notice and evicted on the same day. This is beneficial for sites that are open to the public, such as pub and restaurant car parks, where the encampment would be disruptive to the business.
Bailiffs visit the site with tow trucks, post notices of eviction and give reasonable time to move. This is typically two hours, but can be as little as one.
Do police evict travellers?
Trespass is a civil, rather than a criminal, matter. The police tend to only be involved in cases of public disorder or where a criminal offence occurs.
When bailiffs attend to evict travellers who refuse to leave they will wait for police attendance in order to prevent a breach of the peace.
You can find out more about how we can help evict travellers from your land here or contact us if you have an urgent matter.
Traveller encampments on private land are an inconvenience and cost that you don’t want to be constantly having. However, there are measures you can take to make your site less appealing.
When you have a traveller encampment on your land we can work quickly to evict them. We can also offer assistance to create a more secure site in the first place.
Even with additional measures in place, it’s not guaranteed to prevent unauthorised access. There are a number of methods you can employ and these examples are not an exhaustive list.
Vulnerability to travellers and unauthorised access
The first step is to review the current security of the site, as if you were attempting to gain access. Start with the perimeter and see where a vehicle with a trailer or caravan could get in.
Simple barriers or small gaps in the road will not necessarily be effective. Travellers will use a variety of ways to get onto a site.
Preventing unauthorised access
One means of preventing traveller encampments is to build mounds at strategic points. These don’t need to stand out and can be designed as part of the overall landscape.
They can be created from rubble and then covered with grass or plants. The mounds can help to fill in spaces between buildings, trees and other structures or used to back-up the perimeter.
Digging ditches can also work to stop travellers gaining access when used in conjunction with other measures. These can be bridged by the travellers and you also need to consider any drainage issues.
A cheap, but effective, way of blocking access is to use obstacles that can’t be moved easily. This includes boulders or large tree trunks and other objects that are sympathetic to the landscape.
Fencing and gates are another option, but, depending on the materials, these can come at a significant cost. Steel fencing is more effective than wooden designs, but costs more and isn’t as visually pleasing.
When you’re specifying gates you need to consider the type of locks, to prevent them being forced open. It’s also important to check they can’t be lifted off from the hinges.
Illegal traveller encampments on my land
If travellers have gained access to your site we can help you evict them as quickly as possible. Click here for details of all our traveller eviction services.