Incorporated in 1977 Bristow and Sutor Debt Enforcement Agents is a bailiff company based in Redditch in Worcestershire, UK.
What Do Bristow and Sutor Do?
Council Tax & Local Authority Arrears
They predominantly work on behalf of local councils and private landlords (England and Wales) to collect Council Tax and Rent Arrears, Benefit overpayments and Business Rates. The company works with around 120 local authorities collecting debts on their behalf. Usually, if you are not able to pay these debts with 7 days then the council will employ Bristow & Sutor as debt collectors or ‘bailiffs’. They will come to your house or business and discuss payment options with you. Whilst it is not preferable they can seize your property under certain circumstances.
Bristow and Sutor Right Of Entry
The chances of the company being able to enter your property are quite rare. They can only do this if a Liability Order has been issued against you by a Magistrate on behalf of the local authority. If you are a business then there would need to be an unpaid fine from a Magistrate, County Court or High Court.
It is the law that enforcement agencies are only able to enter a property if they have been inside the property before. They are then able to use what is known as ‘reasonable force’ to re-enter. This could involve the use of a Locksmith to help them gain entry. They can only try and gain entry during the hours of 6 am and 9 pm.
What Can Bristow and Sutor Take?
There are restrictions on what can be removed for your property by bailiffs. If they you have given them entry or they have gained entry by other means then they can remove what is known as ‘Walking Possessions’. These are those which are subject to ‘Taking Control of Goods Regulations’. They will make an inventory of any of these possessions in your home and estimate the current value. You can then enter into a ‘Controlled Goods Agreement’ with them which will give you time to pay the outstanding debt.
If you fail to pay them then they can return to your property and remove items. There are certain items which Bristow and Sutor cannot take. These include essential items such as bedding, refrigerators, medical equipment, cookers and other items.
Bristow and Sutor Contact Details
Contact Bristow and Sutor
Telephone: 0871 677 0070
Address: Bartleet Road, Washford, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0FL