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Video of a traveller eviction in Leeds

 

If you’ve never had to evict travellers from your land before, you might be a bit nervous about what’s required. A traveller eviction in Leeds can be carried out smoothly and quickly – often on the same day.

This video from one of our gypsy eviction jobs at a commercial site in Leeds shows just how simple the process is.

Our bailiffs carried out this traveller eviction in Leeds for one of our regular clients. They had had a number of caravans turn up at their site.

The bailiffs arrived quickly to assess the situation and make contact with the travellers. Following a number of discussions the travellers started moving from the site and it was cleared by the end of the day. As can be seen in the video this was conducted in an efficient manner, causing a minimum amount of disturbance to neighbouring businesses.

Contact us today about your traveller eviction in Leeds

At The Bailiff Company we can help you remove travellers from your land. For private sites this can be completed under Common Law, with no need for any court action.

In the large number of cases we can remove travellers from your land on the same day. This reduces the amount of mess and disturbance that the travellers will cause.

We can carry out traveller evictions nationwide, including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.

To find out more about how we can help you with your traveller eviction needs contact us today.

How to deal with the problem of unpaid invoices

How to deal with the problem of unpaid invoices



For any business cashflow is what keeps it going and unpaid invoices can have a dramatic effect on this. However, spending time chasing up invoices takes you away from the day to day running of the business.

The costs of late invoices

The late payment of invoices can be the downfall of many small companies. If you don’t have the money to pay your suppliers, because you haven’t been paid, it can be extremely damaging.

In the UK we have one of the worst records for paying invoices. According to research from MarketInvoice, a peer to peer lender, in 2015 62% of invoices in the UK were paid late. The European average was 40% and in the US they came in at 46%.

In order for companies to stay in business they are spending large amounts of their time chasing invoices. This prevents them moving the business forward, dealing with marketing and meeting new clients.

The problem doesn’t seem reserved for smaller companies either. Larger customers are also keeping hold of the cash and paying invoices late. Often businesses feel that they cannot chase them, as that’s simply how the system works.

The problem of unpaid invoices

Not only does the late payment of invoices prevent you from paying your own suppliers, it can also hold up salaries. This isn’t a good position to be in and can lead to a reduction in staff morale and even job losses.

A survey of SME decision makers carried out by Tungsten Network, an e-invoicing, invoice financing, and spend analytics provider, found that 23% saw bad debts as putting them at risk of closing.

Why are invoices paid late?

If you’ve ever had to chase late invoices you’ve probably heard all the excuses under the sun. From never having received the invoice to not disputing it till you chase them, there’s always a reason.

Often these provide the customer with extra time to pay, in the hope that you won’t chase them again for a while. Whatever the reason for not paying, it ultimately has an impact on your cashflow.

Chasing unpaid invoices

Nobody wants to feel like they are hassling their customers for invoices, but if you don’t ask you typically won’t get paid.

The first step for chasing clients is to send them an email reminder or statement. This might just jolt them enough to pay, but if not you can follow it up with a phone call.

For customers who still refuse to pay, it’s time for a more formal approach and that’s where we can help. This is a FREE service that we provide to businesses.

Simply forward us your late invoices and we will send out a letter to the customer detailing that if they fail to pay within seven days further legal action can be taken.

This will be followed up by a phone call reiterating the urgency of the matter. If the business has the money to pay, this approach will generally result in the invoices being settled.

We don’t take a percentage of the invoice; our fees are paid by adding a charge for the letter and reasonable recovery costs onto the amount your customer pays.

Where there are cases that they still won’t pay you can act through the courts and register a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against the business. We can also help with this process.

Don’t wait until your cashflow is affected, contact The Bailiff Company today for help with your unpaid invoices.

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Instructing professional bailiffs to evict travellers

Instructing professional bailiffs to evict travellers

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.

Instructing bailiffs

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.

Travellers set up camp despite deterrents being in place

Travellers set up camp despite deterrents being in place

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.

Evicting travellers

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.

See The Bailiff Company at Buy Yorkshire

See The Bailiff Company at Buy Yorkshire

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.

See The Bailiff Company at Yorkshire Business Market

See The Bailiff Company at Yorkshire Business Market

The team from The Bailiff Company will be exhibiting at the Yorkshire Business Market, which takes place on Monday 30th April at Pavilions of Harrogate.

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 the YBM you can meet with us on Stand W57. 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 Yorkshire Business Market?

This is the 13th annual YBM and each year the event grows and benefits more local and regional businesses. The idea behind the event was to showcase the excellent standard and variety of SMEs that exist in the county and to facilitate a great value way for them to interact with one another.

There are more than 1,000 decision makers expected to attend this year’s event, providing exhibitors with an excellent way to grow and develop their business.

When is Yorkshire Business Market?

Yorkshire Business Market 2018 takes place on Monday 30th April between 10am and 4pm. The venue is Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ. There is free on-site parking and the venue is conveniently located for transport links.

How can I attend?

Entry to the Yorkshire Business Market is free for business visitors. You can register to attend online here, as well as signing up for a free business mentoring session.

We look forward to seeing you on 30th April.

What can I do if a commercial tenant doesn’t pay their rent?

What can I do if a commercial tenant doesn’t pay their rent?

There are a number of options open to you where a commercial tenant doesn’t pay their rent on a property. Here we look at the approaches you can take to recover the debt or evict the tenant.

Short or long term problem?

Consider the likelihood of this happening again if this is the first time a tenant has missed a rent payment. Where it’s an isolated occurrence, speak to your tenant and try to make a plan for them to cover the missed payment.

You can take further action if it looks like they have long term financial problems.

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR)

Where a commercial tenant doesn’t pay their rent, but you want them to stay in the property, you can use enforcement agents to recover the arrears. This is only viable if their business is still trading

If the tenant doesn’t comply with the Notice of Enforcement, or doesn’t pay when the bailiffs attend at the property, goods can be seized and sold to pay the arrears. This can often be enough of a prompt for immediate payment to be made.

Forfeiture of lease

You have the option to forfeit the lease when your commercial tenant doesn’t pay their rent. This is beneficial if you perceive the situation this will continue in the future, .

This process can be started where a tenant is at least 21 days in arrears. There is no need to go to court to carry this out.

Enforcement agents can peacefully gain entry to the property and change the locks – preventing the tenant from gaining access and forfeiting the lease.

Do I need a possession order to evict commercial tenants?

The majority of commercial landlords forfeit a lease through the above Common Law route. However, there are cases where you will require a possession order from the courts to terminate the lease.

This will provide your tenant with a period to file their defence or to apply for relief for forfeiture. They can then pay off the arrears and any associated costs.

When you are granted a possession order, the tenant will be given 28 days to apply for relief or leave the property. At this point you will have possession back.

You can find more details on our forfeiture of lease services here or contact us today to discuss your case.

How can I evict travellers from my land?

How can I evict travellers from my land?

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.

How can I recover business debts?

How can I recover business debts?

Debts are a big problem for business finances, particularly those of smaller companies. It’s essential to take charge of these before they get out of control. You can take a number of steps to successfully recover business debts.

The problem of business debts

The late payment of invoices has become a huge issue for many small businesses in the UK. Around a third of invoices due to smaller companies are paid late. The average amount owed for a late invoice is over £6,000 and businesses need to get on top of this to improve their cash flow.

Small businesses can run into difficulties when they have to chase up unpaid invoices. Figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) highlight that 37% of businesses have experienced cash flow problems; 30% have been pushed into using an overdraft; and 20% have seen profits affected. It can lead to businesses failing in the worst cases.

How to recover debts

The first step to getting payment from a debtor is to contact them. Invoices can sometimes be overlooked, so this is often an effective tool, and companies can hold out till the last moment. You may need to negotiate a settlement or payment plan with them if they are having trouble paying. This approach could be less costly then escalating the issue.

Using the courts to recover debts

You can make a claim against them in the courts if you still have no joy getting payment from a debtor. Once you issue a claim for a County Court Judgement (CCJ) you will incur additional costs. These can be added to the amount the debtor owes.

When a judgement is awarded in your favour, the debtor will be given a period to pay, or the court may have stated it can be paid in instalments. Where a debt remains unpaid after this time you can have it enforced.

How do I enforce a CCJ?

A County Court Bailiff can carry this out with a warrant of execution. Judgements for over £600 can be transferred to a High Court writ and enforced by High Court Enforcements Officers (HCEO).

At the Bailiff Company we can provide this service for you, with costs added to the debtor and a compliance fee returned on successful enforcement.

For more information on our debt recovery services please click here or contact us to discuss your case.