Abandoned levy, sometimes called "Levy Abandonment"


Paragraph 54 of Schedule 12 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and Regulation 47 of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 sets the rules bailiffs must follow in the event of abandoning controlled goods.

1. You are given a Notice of Enforcement at least seven clear days excluding Sundays and Public Holidays. Regulation 6 of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013


2. Bailiff attends and one of the following can happen.

You pay the debt and statutory fees. The bailiff leaves, case closes.

The bailiff makes an Inventory of goods and makes out a compliant Regulation 15 Controlled Goods Agreement and you must sign it.

Leave a person on the premises with the goods or vehicle until either the above is done. This arrangement is called a "Closed Possession"


If any of the above is not done, then the goods become abandoned, and they are still yours. You are free to take them away for safe keeping.


If you do not sign the Controlled Goods Agreement and the bailiff leaves the premises without taking the seized goods or vehicle, the goods become what is called, abandoned and breaking entry cannot be lawfully made at a later date.


A debtor-signed Controlled Goods Agreement does not entitle the bailiff to deprive you the continued normal use of the levied goods or vehicle while it remains in your possession - unless, you breach the terms of the repayment agreement.