A bailiff is a person who acts on behalf of a business, or another person, to:
- collect money owed
- seize or repossess property, or
- evict a tenant from a property
There are two types of bailiffs in BC; licensed bailiffs and court-appointed bailiffs. There are different rules for each type of bailiff.
Licensed bailiffs: when bailiffs are not acting on a court order, they are acting as a debt collector and they must be licensed with us and follow the debt collection and consumer protection laws that we oversee.
Court bailiffs: are appointed by the Attorney General under the Sheriff Act and they are legally authorized to enforce (civil) court orders. Some court bailiffs hold a licence with us, but it is not required to perform court-ordered tasks and we have no oversight over these types of bailiffs.