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I have been contacted by a bailiff working on behalf of a local

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I have been contacted by a bailiff working on behalf of a local authority. Last Tuesday they visited my home for the first time and left a letter requesting £191 for the fine amount, attendance to levy fee of £65 and an attendance to remove fee of £200. On the next day they left a letter adding a further £70 levy fee. I returned on the Thursday night having been away at my uncles funeral for a couple if days to this. The car was parked outside but I had sold it as I couldn't afford it any longer. Overnight on the Thursday/Friday, it had been clamped but no documentation left only s number which I called. They told me I now had to pay £840 within 24hrs. As confirmation to Dvla had gone to transfer ownership, once they had paid the road tax, the new owner removed the claim and drove off. Despite telling me I only had 24 hrs to pay they havent returned.

I wanted to check a) the max I must pay for a first visit (had I been here I would have just paid the fine)
b) if they can allow me such a short period of time to pay the debt
c) if they can increase costs so dramatically and d) if I am liable for the removal of the clamp by the current owner?
d) if I am liable to pay extra costs given that they didn't return when they said they would and on their last visit to clamp left only a number, no information about costs.

Many thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
As I understand the bailiffs first visit is an invitation to take payment and therefore they cannot charge removal fees at the same visit. Also on thay visit or beforehand I received no warrant of execution which I understand is not lawful?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
So shouldn't they provide a warrant before attempting to remove goods?
Before I went away, the car had been bought by someone else and paperwork on its way to Swansea so the car wasn't even.mine when immobility.

So they can.charge fees without even notifying me?
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