What movable property cannot be seized?

Verified 06 May 2024 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Some movable property is not subject to seizure (i.e., it cannot be temporarily or permanently confiscated) because it is necessary for the day-to-day life and work of the person seized and his or her family:

  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Linen
  • Objects and products necessary for personal care and home maintenance
  • Foodstuffs
  • Household objects necessary for the preservation, preparation and consumption of food
  • Heating appliances
  • Table and chairs for communal dining
  • Furniture for clothes and linen
  • Furniture for storing household goods
  • Washing machine
  • Books and articles necessary for the pursuit of studies or vocational training
  • Children's items
  • Personal or family memories
  • Pets and pets
  • Livestock (and the foodstuffs necessary for their rearing)
  • Working instruments necessary for the personal pursuit of the professional activity
  • Telephone set providing access to fixed or mobile telephone service
  • Essential items for a disabled person
  • Objects intended for the care of a sick person.


However, such property may be subject to seizure in certain circumstances, such as if it is in a different location from the place where the person who is seized, lives or normally works.