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Recovering disputed property - Step by step guide ​

Step-by-step guide icon  Recovering disputed property - Step by step guide

Step 1: Notify the owner of the item that their proper​​ty has been seized

The sheriff will provide you with a Notice to the Custodian, which is a list of the items that they have seized from your home. If anything on that list belongs to someone else you should make sure that you tell the owner that their goods have been seized by the sheriff. You should also provide the owner with a copy of the Writ for the Levy of Property.

The owner of the seized item must be able to prove that they own the item.

Step 2: Get​​ a Disputed Property form

The owner of the property will need one form:

  • Form 75 - Notice to Sheriff of Disputed Property

You can get copies of forms from:

Step 3: Fill out​ and sign the notice

The owner can fill out the Notice to sheriff of Disputed Property form in neat handwriting in blue or black pen. You can also fill it out on your computer screen. The Guide Completing Approved Forms has instructions on how to do this.

If the owner needs more space to fill in some of the information, they should attach extra pages to the notice and label them.

To fill in the notice the owner will need to have the following information ready:

  • your case number (this can be found on the Writ for Levy of Property)
  • the list of seized property given to you by the sheriff
  • proof that they own one or more of the seized items - for example receipts, statutory declarations.

For more information, see Instructions for filling out Notice to Sheriff of Disputed Property, Sample Notice to Sheriff of Disputed Property 1 and Sample Notice to Sheriff of Disputed Property 2.

Step 4: Send the notice to the sheriff

Once the owner of the items has completed the notice to sheriff of disputed property form, the form is sent to the sheriff's office. You can find the sheriff's contact information on the Notice to the Custodian. ​

Step 5: Wai​t on the judgment creditor's response

The sheriff will send a copy of the Notice of Disputed Property to the judgment creditor.

The judgment creditor might agree that the sheriff should return the disputed property to the owner. If the judgment creditor doesn't give permission to return the property, the sheriff will apply to the court for a decision about the disputed property. There will be a hearing where the court will hear from you, the owner of the goods and the judgment creditor. This is called an 'Interpleader' hearing.