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My partner moved in with me 12 months ago, although the house and everything in it belongs to me. He is shortly to be served with a bailiff’s order, and I would like to know what can be seized to pay off his debts. Can they take my things?

No. There are several types of bailiff, depending on whom your partner owes money to, but none of them can seize property that belongs solely to you, although joint purchases are at risk. It would be sensible for you to gather as much evidence of your ownership as possible (receipts, bank and credit card statements and the like). However if you tell the bailiff that you own the goods it’s unlikely they would be seized, since you would have a right to sue the bailiff for compensation.

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