Computers are basic human need: bailiffs

20th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Baliffs in the Netherlands say computers, TVs, refrigerators should be part of the list of items that debtors can keep.

THE NETHERLANDS – The Professional Association of Bailiffs is seeking for a revamp in confiscation rules, stating that the current list of exceptions is out of date.

Under existing rules, bailiffs can confiscate most of debtors' possessions, except for a bed, books and food.

The association says that more basic needs of people should be taken into account. Computers, TVs and refrigerators should be added to the list of inalienable possessions.

According to association chairman John Wisseborn, these objects are basic human necessities. People need their computer, for instance, to apply for jobs and to keep in touch with government bodies such as the inland revenue office.

The bailiff's proposal has been sent to Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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