Bailiffs can be nasty and they may have been chosen just for that reason. They are the enforcers for their bosses who decide things and pull the strings. They employ many different tactics in dealing with people. Some are polite and respectful; these people are only doing their duty. Other can be brazen and rude and often resort to threatening you; these are people who like to throw their weight around.
Regardless of what type of bailiff comes knocking on your, you have to learn to deal with them because they are the arm of the law. Making yourself elusive may work for a while, but not for always. So here are a few tips on how on how to deal with them:
- Do not let them in your house: When a bailiff comes knocking on your door, do not let him in. Once you invite them in, they can do pretty much do what they want to get the job done and get paid. They can also it a habit to barge into your home and accost you at all odd hours. If they insist on coming in, then ask them to show the court order because they can’t enter your house without one.
- Do not negotiate with them: Bailiffs are just the messengers; the power to make decisions doesn’t lie with them. They are just there to do what they have been told to do and will leave you alone if their boss tells them to. Therefore, it is useless to try to negotiate with them. Negotiate directly with their boss. Make an offer, buy more time to negotiate, and ask to get the bailiff off your back immediately.
- Do not yell and curse at them: Unless a bailiff forcibly breaks into your house, he usually has the law on his side and he can make life miserable for you. In fact, some of them enjoy doing just that, if only for the fun they get out of it. So always be nice and polite, but firm. Do not yell at them, do not curse them and never use foul language, but stand your ground in your polite way.
- Get help immediately: If you are forewarned that a bailiff will be visiting, get help immediately. Ask you neighbors to come over to lend their support. With people in your home, bailiffs usually won’t dare to intimate you or force their way into your house. You can also approach a debtors’ association or a similar organization for support.
- Do not answer the doorbell: If there is no way you can pay, then do not answer the doorbell. Shut all the doors and windows and stay put. While bailiffs can yell at you and threaten you from outside, they cannot break your doors and windows. But if you answer the door and open it even slightly, they can force their way in. So just sit tight until they go away.