A bailiff is an agent that acts on behalf of the City for collection process.
- In-person serving of a Warrant to Distrain for Taxes to the property location, to advise of outstanding property taxes, interest/penalties and bailiff collection costs.
- A mailed notice advising you that a warrant has been issued and the amount of the warrant.
- Property title searches.
- Telephone contact with the property owner(s), mortgage holder(s) and all other parties that appear on title.
- Property site visits.
- Attornment of Rent(s) (i.e. if a property is tenanted, the bailiff can direct the tenant(s) to submit rent payments to the bailiff. These attorned rents are then applied against the outstanding property taxes).
- Issuing a Warrant to Distrain Goods/Property (i.e. the bailiff can register a common law lien against goods/property located in or on an owner’s property).
- Issuing a Warrant to Seize Goods/Chattels (i.e. the bailiff can physically seize and remove goods/chattels from the property and ultimately sell items seized to recover the tax arrears).