Did you know a HCEO could take control of…

The interest in a lease…

An authorised High Court Enforcement Officer may take control of and sell a defendant’s interest in a lease, even without possession of the actual lease. This does not give the purchaser possession of the property though; they will need to apply for a possession order to evict the tenant.

Animals and livestock…

Animals and livestock including, but not limited to: cattle; sheep; goats and pigs can be taken into control for non-payment of a County Court Judgment (CCJ). If an HCEO seizes animals or livestock they must ensure they are properly cared for; the cost of which can be recovered by adding it to the enforcement fees.

Aeroplanes…

Aircrafts can be taken into control and sold to recover a debt. To seize an aircraft the HCEO must attach a copy of the Writ to the outside of the aircraft to warn any person entering the aircraft of its seizure as well as the on the inside of the cabin in the cockpit.

Ships…

To take control of a ship a copy of the Writ must be attached to the mast to inform any crew of the seizure but also to the bridge to advise the captain that they sail at their own risk.

If shares in a ship are to be sold, a Bill of Sale must be used. The ship does not have to taken into control for the shares to be sold.