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What are the fees for enforcement?

The fees are set by law.  There are two different sets of fees, depending on what type of court order has been made.   

Some websites might tell you that by paying the creditor directly you can avoid enforcement fees.  This isn't true, so don't be misled.  If your debt is owed to a council, you can read confirmation from the Local Government Ombudsman here that enforcement fees must be paid.

Once a debt has been passed to an enforcement company, the fees apply even if you pay the creditor (the person or organisation you owe money to) directly.  Until the total, including enforcement fees, is paid, the court order still has effect.

Fees apply for each stage of enforcement.  It is not the number of letters you receive, or visits, that set the fees.  It is the stage that these activities happen at that sets the fees.

Non-High Court 

This includes:
Magistrates’ courts fines.
Penalty Charge Notices - including but not limited to parking fines, road traffic contraventions (e.g. bus lanes, congestion charge, low emissions), Dartford Crossing and Mersey Gateway.
Liability orders issued by local authorities for unpaid council tax.

  • Compliance stage fee:  £75
  • Enforcement stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1500):  £235
  • Enforcement stage fee (debt value more than £1500):  £235 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1500
  • Removal stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1500):  £110
  • Removal stage fee (debt value more than £1500):  £110 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1500
High Court*

  • Compliance stage fee:  £75
  • 1st enforcement stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1000):  £190
  • 1st enforcement stage fee (debt value more than £1000): £190 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1000
  • 2nd enforcement stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1000):  £495
  • Sale or disposal stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1000):  £525
  • Sale or disposal stage fee (debt value more than £1000):  £525 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1000

* VAT may be applicable to High Court fees.

If there is more than one court order being enforced at the same time, we must apply compliance fees for each.  In this case, fees for other stages of enforcement will depend on when an Enforcement Agent receives instructions to act, and whether they can reasonably enforce multiple court orders at the same time (for example, taking control of goods in relation to multiple court orders at the same time, unless it isn't practical to do that).

In some cases, other expenses will apply, such as the cost of hiring a locksmith, storing belongings or selling belongings.  The actual costs of these expenses will be charged as fees.

If there are any extra expenses, a court must agree to fees being added for these.

In some cases, only the compliance stage fee might apply even if the cases progresses to enforcement.  This could happen if there is evidence during the enforcement stage that a customer is vulnerable, and was previously unable to communicate this.

If a court order was made before 6 April 2014, different fees will apply.


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