Distress for Rent (Bailiffs) Act (Chapter 76)

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Uganda

Distress for Rent (Bailiffs) Act

Chapter 76

  • Commenced on 30 June 1933

  • [Up to date as at 30 September 2020]
  • [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]


An Act relating to the appointment of bailiffs for the purposes of distress for rent.


1. Interpretation

In this Act—(a)bailiff” means a bailiff for the purpose of distress for rent;(b)certifying officer” means a chief magistrate and a magistrate grade I.

2. Appointment of bailiffs under certificate of certifying officer

No person, other than a landlord in person, his or her attorney or the legal owner of a reversion, shall act as bailiff to levy any distress for rent unless he or she shall be authorised to act as bailiff by a certificate in writing under the hand of a certifying officer, and such certificate may be general or apply to a particular distress or distresses.

3. Power of cancellation, etc. of certificate

A certificate so granted may at any time be cancelled or declared void by a certifying officer.

4. Penalty for acting without certificate

Any person, required by this Act to hold a certificate as a bailiff, who levies distress for rent without being the holder of a certificate, is, without prejudice to any civil liability, liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred shillings.

5. Power to make rules

The Minister may, on the advice of the Chief Justice, make rules—(a)regulating conditions for the appointment of, and the duration of certificates granted, to bailiffs;(b)regulating the security, if any, to be required from bailiffs and the fees, if any, payable by them;(c)regulating the fees, charges and expenses of bailiffs in and incidental to distress;(d)generally for better carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act.