Enforcement Services

Able Investigations is a leading provider of certified enforcement services to businesses and individuals seeking help with recovering unpaid debt, repossessions, and evictions.

Did you know that you can legally recover commercial rent without a Court Order? 

If you are a landlord struggling to recover your rent arrears from tenants then you may believe that you have to go through the Court process before beginning to recover your outstanding rent. This is a common misconception but as a commercial landlord you do not require a Court Order to recover rent arrears. All you need to do is follow the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery procedure.

By carrying out a Controlled Goods Agreement, the rent arrears can be recovered without the need for expensive and protracted court action. This not only saves you expensive court and solicitors fees, but will also speed up the process of recovering your outstanding rent. But remember, it can only legally be done by a Certificated Enforcement Officer.

Through our network of Certificated Enforcement Officers we can collect any outstanding monies or sell goods after the Controlled Goods Agreement has been completed at auction or to offset or recover the full amount of rent.

In most cases the debtor will not want to lose his business or his livelihood. Therefore, they will both instigate a payment plan and stick to it, or they will find a way to make a full payment to cover the outstanding rent and our costs. It is highly unlikely that we will need to seize the goods, but when we do, we have a number of auction houses around the country that will be able to deal with our request.

  • Fully Certificated Enforcement Officers

  • No Need for a Court Order for Commercial Property  

  • We act across the United Kingdom

  • Fully Authorised under an Enforcement Officers Certificate, Issued in Bristol County Court

  • Thorough Understanding of the Law

  • Experienced and Helpful Team, even Our Support Staff Are Qualified to Level II Controlled Goods Agreement.

How our Enforcement Service work

While our team work differently depending on the case, here is a brief overview of how our bailiffs (now known as enforcement officers) and the rest of our team work to help you.

First Contact and Assessment

When you get in touch with us, whether by phone or email, it is likely that you will be communicating with a member of our office-based support team. They will be able to offer quick assistance and advice on your particular issue, whether you are dealing with unwanted trespassers, or need assistance to recover debt.

Once our support team has discussed your requirements, we will then advise you on the best route to take to resolve your issue in the quickest and simplest way possible. In many instances, this can involve using Common Law rather than court proceedings, however, if you do find you need to apply for Writs or Warrants, we can advise throughout the entire process.


Once instructed, and relevant paperwork has been required (if relevant), our certificated enforcement agents (formerly known as bailiffs) can act on your behalf. Our team will visit either your debtor, or premises to help you recover monies owed or take control of your land or property.

In instances where we believe situations may, unfortunately, escalate to violence, we will always request a police presence. This will help with peacekeeping and offer protection to both parties involved.

What we need to know about you and your business

If you require Able Enforcement Services to help with retrieval of monies owed, you should ensure that you have the correct information and documents that allow our enforcement officers to take action. Having the correct information and legal documents available when you ask for our assistance will mean that we can act quickly and legally.

The type of service you require

We will need to see different documents depending on the type of service you require. Depending on whether you need assistance with evicting squatters, repossessing land, or whether you need to retrieve commercial rent arrears, the information that you are required to provide us with differs.


If you require our assistance to repossess items to recover debt, then you will need to provide a copy of the County Court Judgement (CCJ). Depending on the sum of the debt, you will also need to provide us with a ‘Warrant of control’ issued by the County Court, or a High Court writ.

CRAR Service

If you require our assistance with the Commercial Rent Arrears Recover (CRAR) process, then we will need to know the following so that the 7 day notice letter can be sent quickly. We will need to know details about the tenant, including their trading name, the sum owed, and the date it was due. Able Investigations will also require a copy of the lease and a statement that rent is outstanding.When collating this information, commercial landlords should be aware that CRAR only allows for rent to be recovered, and excludes service charges, insurance and additional costs that may be included in the lease.

Land Repossessions and Commercial Squatters

If someone is illegally occupying your land or squatting in your commercial premises, then we need to see proof of ownership. We do not usually require a Court Order in these cases as we operate under Common Law, along with Section 77 of the Local Authorities Act, Section 61 of the Criminal Justice Act to quickly and legally regain possession.

If you require a professional enforcement team to help with your needs you can talk directly to one of our team by calling 0345 366 0000. Our certificated enforcement officers operate throughout the whole of the UK and we have a high success rate. You’ll be put directly through to a member of our team who can help you with your issue, rather than have to select a department. Alternatively, you can drop us an email and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.


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