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Coercive enforcement

An enforcement inquiry may be carried out on a debtor. In the inquiry, the debtor must provide comprehensive information on his or her current and past assets. The debtor may be compelled to provide this information under threat of a fine. Provision of false information and concealment of information are criminal offences. The debtor may be summoned to the enforcement office for purposes of the enforcement inquiry. If the debtor fails to heed the summons, the officer in charge may request that the police fetch the debtor.

A person who is in possession of assets owned by the debtor or who has entered into a contract with the debtor is under the obligation to provide information on the income, assets and whereabouts of the debtor. The information must be provided under threat of a fine. The enforcement officer has the right to obtain similar information also from other public authorities and from corporations entrusted with public tasks.

The enforcement authority has the right to take possession of material needed to clarify the property that can be subject to execution and also the books of a debtor who is under the obligation to keep books.

When searching for assets to be distrained the enforcement authority has the right, where necessary, to have doors and locks opened and to enter residential premises, storage facilities and other similar places. The enforcement authority is entitled to executive assistance from the police.

Published 2.3.2014