January 15, 2010
Shocked bailiffs from National Enforcement Services, the UK’s first franchised bailiff operation, are urging landlords to add a resolution with a difference to their New Year’s list.
Property owners are being warned to check how their buildings are being used in 2010 after bailiffs found a lot more than they bargained for in properties around the country.
Brothels, credit card scams, and even drugs houses have been uncovered by unsuspecting NES bailiffs who, instead of finding a non-paying tenant, have found themselves contacting police from a crime scene.
Andy Coates, Director of North-East based NES, has had to break the news to unwary landlords who presumed their property was being used as an office or home, sending in the qualified bailiffs to take possession of the property due to longstanding arrears.
Andy, who has been a bailiff and private investigator for the last twenty years, has seen some strange things during his career but even he admits to being shocked when he got the call to say his field officers had come across a brothel.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when the team rang to say that they had found a brothel, I was shocked, and it definitely got a few raised eyebrows in the office.
“What’s worse is that landlords aren’t checking what their properties are being used for, which can have major implications on them if they are being used for criminal means.
“I would urge landlords to make it their New Year’s resolution to check and double check that their buildings are being used for the correct means. It shouldn’t be down to our qualified bailiffs to call a landlord and make them aware of what is going on.”