Coronavirus Update – Certificate Renewals
Posted on 2nd April 2020 at 10:46
Some Enforcement Agents will have their Certification due for renewal during the Coronavirus lock down, if this is the case please see below.
The Certification of Enforcement Agents Regulations 2014 do not state that a face to face meeting is required only that the judge is satisfied of the matters in 3(b) in the box below.
Issue of certificates
3. A certificate may be issued under section 64 of the Act only—
(a)on application by the person to whom the certificate is to be issued; and
(b)if the judge is satisfied that—
(i)the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a certificate;
(ii)the applicant possesses sufficient knowledge of the law and procedure relating to powers of enforcement by taking control of goods and of commercial rent arrears recovery to be competent to exercise those powers;
(iii)the forms which the applicant intends to use when exercising powers of taking control of goods or commercial rent arrears recovery conform to the design and layout prescribed in the Schedule to these Regulations;
(iv)the applicant has lodged the security required by regulation 6(1), or such security is already subsisting; and
(v)the applicant does not carry on, and is not and will not be employed in, a business which includes buying debts.
We are aware that some courts have issued Certificates without the Enforcement Agent being present, although some courts have also cancelled applications stating due to the pandemic, the Court is not sitting. There may also be the facility for holding court via webcams. As soon as we have any further information, we will pass advise accordingly.
If members have any experience of attempting to renew their Certificates during this time and would kindly share this with us, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we can be of any assistance, please contact us at email@example.com
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