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Getting your goods back - Frequently Asked Questions ​

1. I w​ant to get my things back from​​​ my ex partner but she has applie​​d​​ for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against me which says I can't contact her. How can I get my things back?

Alert icon  If there is an AVO against you that says you cannot contact your ex partner, you may be charged with a criminal offence if you do. You should get legal advice before trying to get your things back.

If there is an interim, but not a final AVO against you, you may be able to ask the court for a Property Recovery Order as part of any AVO the next time your case is in court. The Property Recovery Order may allow you to recover some of your goods.

For more information about Property Recovery Orders and Apprehended Violence Orders, see AVOs. You should get legal advice if you want a Property Recovery Order.

Alert icon  You should also get legal advice if you think you are entitled to the property under family law.

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2. I want to send a letter of demand to​​​​ a friend to get him to return my furniture. He has moved house and I do not have his new address. What can I do?

You do not need to send a letter of demand through the post. You could also send it by email, SMS or by private message through social media (for example, Facebook) or other messaging services. Make sure you keep a record of how you sent it, and when.

You will need to try to find his address if you want to take the matter further and make a claim in a court. For more information, see Send a letter of demand.

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3. I am trying to get some of my clothes​​​ back from my sister. I think she has thrown them away. What can I do?

You should try talking to your sister first or try sending her a letter asking for your clothes back. If your sister tells you that they have been thrown away you can still make a claim against her for the value of the clothes.

For more information, see Getting your goods back.

For information on how you can work out the value of goods, see What are the goods worth?

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4. I filed a Statement of Claim to get​ my television and fridge back from my former flat mate, and he's just filed a defence saying they are his. What happens next?

Your case will be listed for a Pre Trial Review at the court. When you go to the Pre Trial Review, you will have a chance to talk about your case with your former flat mate, and you may be able to come to an agreement settling the case. If not, the court will tell you when you have to come back for a hearing, and when you will have to exchange and file your evidence before the hearing.

For more information, see Defended cases.

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5. I got default judgment against​ a neighbour for the return of my motor bike. What do I do now?

If you have a default judgment for the detention of goods, you can apply to the court for a Writ for the Delivery of Property. The Writ is sent to the sheriff and the sheriff will go to your neighbour's house and try to collect the motor bike, to be returned to you.

The sheriff may also be able to sell some property of the defendant for your legal costs, if you have any.

For more information, see Enforcing a judgment.

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6. How much will it cost me to start​​ a court case to get my goods back? Is it worth it?

How much it costs will depend on the outcome. You will have to pay a filing fee to start your case, and a fee to have the Statement of Claim served. If you win your case you may be able to get these fees back.

If you have a lawyer, and you win, you may get some of your legal costs back from the other side. If you lose and the other side has a lawyer, you may have to pay some of their legal costs.

There are also costs that you may have to pay to enforce a judgment. For more information, see Legal costs.

Whether it is worth starting a court case may depend on the value of the goods. If the goods only have sentimental value, and have been lost or destroyed so that they can't be recovered, it may not be worth starting a court case for the money value of the goods.

For more information about the value of goods, see What are the goods worth?