This article looks at completing the warrant for possession form (bailiff form N325).

High Court Enforcement Officers

If you have obtained permission to transfer to the High Court at the time of applying for possession and still wish to transfer and use the High Court Enforcement Officer, please continue to follow that guidance.

If you haven’t obtained permission yet, due to recent cuts, some County Court bailiffs have long delays. You should contact your local county court, ask to speak to the bailiff and ask for a rough guide as to how quickly they can enforce a possession order. If they reply with an estimate longer than around 6 weeks, you might wish to consider applying to seek permission to transfer enforcement to the High Court. (Anything less than 6 – 8 weeks probably isn’t worth the hassle). Using a HCEO can be expensive – easily £600 – £900.

Please follow this article if you wish to use High Court Enforcement Officers and ignore the remainder of this page. Otherwise, see below for completing the form for the County Court bailiff which in most cases is the recommended option.

Possession Claim Online (PCOL)

If you used the Possession Claim Online system after a section 8 was served on rent arrears grounds only and have obtained judgment, the below form is available by logging back into the PCOL system where you will see an option to request a Warrant of Possession of Land. There will be parts to complete for which you can still follow the guidance below for that purpose.

Permission to Issue the Warrant

  • six years or more have elapsed since the date of the judgment or order
  • any change has taken place, whether by death or otherwise, in the parties entitled to enforce the judgment or order or liable to have it enforced against them
  • under the judgment or order, any person is entitled to a remedy subject to the fulfilment of any condition, and it is alleged that the condition has been fulfilled (other than where non-compliance with the terms of suspension of enforcement of the judgement or order is the failure to pay money)
In an example relating to this latter bullet point, the landlord takes their tenant to court after a section 8 notice, relying on grounds 10 and 11, both being discretionary grounds. The Judge gives a suspended order and the tenant is required pay £X in order to pay the rent that is due per calendar month and a contribution towards the arrears. In the event that the tenant fails to fulfil the payment requirement of the suspended order, the landlord is able to go and request the bailiffs, no court hearing is required. If the breach is non-monetary the landlord will have to apply for another court hearing before requesting the bailiffs.

How to complete form N325, Request for Warrant of Possession of Land


After you have obtained a possession order, the court will have given the tenant a date to leave by. If the tenant fails to leave on or before this date, a landlord must apply for the bailiff to attend and remove the tenants.

This page deals with completing the appropriate form. The same form applies whether possession was sought after service of a section 8 or 21 notice. However, if a section 8 notice was served, the amount to put in the form will normally be higher because in most cases an award for rent arrears will have also been provided.

In reality though, the bailiff is unlikely to do anything about the arrears, they are simply going to obtain possession.

The Form

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