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Enforcement at residential properties to resume on 31 May 2021

Disputes / 26 May 2021

The Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) has confirmed that the guidance asking enforcement agents not to enter residential properties to take control of goods will end on 31 May 2021. This announcement will provide welcome relief to creditors seeking to enforce judgments via writs of control and seizing goods.

If a debtor fails to pay a debt following a monetary judgment being entered against them, a creditor can seek to enforce the judgment by way of writ of control. This enables a High Court agent to enter the debtor’s property, take control of goods and sell those goods in order to obtain the funds to satisfy the judgment. In the County Court, the equivalent is called a “warrant of control”. Warrants of control will also be enforceable from 31 May 2021.

The MoJ has also confirmed the legislative moratorium on residential evictions by an enforcement agent in England will also expire on 31 May 2021. You can read our Property Disputes team’s recent update about this here.

If you have secured a judgment but are still owed money by a creditor and/or you need to pursue a debt, please get in touch with our premium debt recovery specialists. 


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