5.1. Enforcement in debt

In the Netherlands, only bailiffs are authorised to take care of enforcement of judgments within the boundaries of law. We have a network of professional and experienced bailiffs covering the whole of the Netherlands.

Based on the judgment, the bailiff can seize part of the debtor’s salaries, block their bank accounts or their claims against tax offices, life insurance, shares in businesses, corporate shares, or any possible claim the debtor may have against any third party.

Very specific information, such as the debtor’s bank account details, the name and address of their employer, and any information about their corporate shares or shares in businesses, are required for this kind of enforcement.

5.2. Enforcement in movable property

This is a standard procedure where the bailiff visits the debtor to take away movable property that can be liquidated in favour of you – the creditor.

The bailiff can’t seize the property necessary for the debtor’s basic daily life or that enabling them to maintain their business activities.

5.3. Enforcement in immovable property

If the debtor owns real estate, it’s possible to receive a record of their claim in the land register, and then force the attachment, the attachment and sale, or, in case there are tenants, the sequestration of the real estate by court order.

All of these processes are more expensive than those mentioned previously, and it can be a long process to get a copy of the record. Afterwards, it can also take time to sell or sequestrate the land and real estate.

5.4. Expected time frame

Enforcement in monies is usually time-consuming. In order to receive monies, it’s often necessary to agree to long-term payment plans. An alternative may be selling property, but it may not always lead to a net result.

An attachment of salaries may result in small instalments of funds, and the total time frame for the enforcement can fluctuate from three to 24 months.

(End of chapter 5 - Enforcement)

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