A warrant to seize property enables a bailiff to take property that belongs to the debtor and sell it to pay the debt.
You give us an address and we send a bailiff to seize the debtor’s property at that address. It is important you provide up-to-date contact details for the debtor.
The bailiff can only take property that the debtor owns.
Fill in the application for a warrant to seize property. You can only provide one address for one debtor per application.
Post it to:
Ministry of Justice
Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box. If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster(external link)
Or file the application at your nearest district court.
When you file the application, you must:
If you know that the debtor owns something specific that is valuable, you can ask the bailiff to seize it. You need to:
If you want the bailiff to seize a vehicle, you should check the Personal Property Securities Register. It will show if a company or another person already has a financial interest in the vehicle.
The bailiff will go to the address you put on the application form and attempt to seize the debtor’s property.
There is no timeframe for this process due to a number of factors i.e. location of goods to be seized and locating the debtor, but you should receive a letter notifying you of the outcome within 8 weeks.
The debtor has 5 working days to pay the debt in full. If they have not paid after 5 working days, their property is sold at public auction. Money from the sale will be used:
If the bailiff cannot find the debtor at the address you have given, you will need to:
If the bailiff cannot find property worth seizing you will be notified.
If this happens and you find out the debtor has property, you can apply to the court to reissue the warrant. You will need to pay the fee.
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