We are an independent charity providing expert information and advice to the residents of Rural Cambridgeshire.
Our volunteers, Gateway Assessors and Advisers are trained by our own training team to the highest standards to delivery this information and advice through multiple channels including email, telephone, face to face and web chat.
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What happens if bailiffs visit/turn up at my door?
Bailiffs (also called ‘enforcement agents’) visiting your home can be a stressful experience but you have rights and you shouldn’t be bullied.
Bailiffs are only allowed to try to come into your home between 6am and 9pm.
You shouldn’t let a bailiff into your home – it’s always best to try to sort out your debt by keeping them outside and speaking through the door or over the phone.
Make sure your doors are locked and your windows are closed – bailiffs are allowed to come in through unlocked doors. If you have a porch with a lockable door you should lock this too.
Depending on the kind of debt you owe, the bailiff will sometimes have the right to force entry by asking a locksmith to open your door if you won’t let them in. It’s very unlikely they’ll do this – you should still have the chance to pay without them coming in.
Call 999 if you’re being physically threatened by a bailiff – don’t let them into your home.
If you are unable to find the help/advice that you require in the above article(s) then the next quickest way to get help is by filling in the following Advice form. By taking the time to enter all the information it will help us to help you quicker than if you just call us.
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Citizens Advice Rural Cambs will provide you with:
Any follow up work will be agreed between your adviser and you. This may include negotiating on your behalf with other organisations by letter or phone. We will discuss any offer with you before accepting it, unless you have specifically told us what to do.
A complaints procedure,
if you are not satisfied with the service we have provided. If you wish to complain, please ask for the leaflet which explains how to complain.
We cannot guarantee to take on all cases, even if someone is already a client. We may also have to stop advising you if we believe we cannot make progress on your case for you or there is no further good outcome that can be gained, or if you do not do what we expect of you (see below).
In return, we expect you:
To keep appointments you have made with us or let us know in advance if you can’t make it.
To inform us of any changes in your circumstances which may be relevant to your case. Examples of relevant changes are change of address, birth of a child, additional income
To bring in all the papers relevant to your case which your adviser asks for. This includes notification of court or tribunal dates etc.
Not to take action on your case on your own behalf without discussing it first with your adviser.
To provide written evidence of your income, debts or other financial matters where appropriate. Your adviser will let you know what is needed.
To follow our advice – unless you and your adviser agree you should do something different.
To be honest with us about the circumstances of your case, for instance by telling us about all your debts and income or what led up to your being asked to leave your employment.
To always treat our staff and volunteers with dignity and respect.
We reserve the right to stop advising you if:
You turn down a reasonable offer from the other party because you wish to take the matter to a tribunal or court hearing. Your adviser will discuss with you whether an offer is reasonable in the circumstances.
You do not follow our expectations listed here.
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On occasions, especially regarding complex problems, our Advisors may recommend getting together in person and so will arrange an appointment at an agreed time and location. Some of the locations we have used are shown below.
If you need urgent help please call our Adviceline. Please note that our advisers are very busy, so if you are able to submit an advice form it would help us to offer the best possible service to all our customers.
Our Adviceline service is open from 9:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.