Sometimes it will be easy to work out who owns the goods. For example, if a person bought a car, paid for it with their own money and registered the car in their name, it is likely that they are the owner of the car. However, if two people paid for the purchase of a car, but it is only registered in one name, it is possible that both could be considered the owners.
The person asking for return of the goods must prove ownership. There needs to be evidence of ownership. Evidence that might prove ownership could include:
If there is a dispute about who owns the goods, you should get
Sometimes even though a person doesn't own the goods, they may have a legal right to hold on to the goods until a sum of money is paid to them. This is called a 'lien'.
Some examples of when a person may have a lien, include:
If someone has your goods or you are holding someone's goods and you are not sure of your legal rights, you should get
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Disputes about goods - Frequently Asked Questions.