What are chattels and fixtures?

cChattels are movable possessions and personal property (usually items that may be removed without injury to the freehold estate). The legal nature of a chattel changes when it becomes fixed to the real property.

An improvement or item of personal property on the real property becomes a fixture when it is attached to the real property or building that it becomes part of.

It’s complicated.

A chattel designed for temporary use of convenience could remain as a moveable item. However if it’s purpose was to enhance the property and is affixed thereto, it might become a fixture.

– Real Estate Encyclopedia (Canadian Edition)

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