Every day you may be putting your business at risk when buying, selling, leasing or hiring out goods, or selling valuable goods on consignment.

  • Do the goods you are buying have money owing on them?
  • Will you get your goods or money back if your customer goes broke?
  • You can’t avoid these common transactions, but you can protect yourself.

How can I protect my business?

There is a single, national online noticeboard (the register) that shows you whether someone is claiming an interest against goods or assets.

You can also make a registration, so others know when you have retained an interest in goods you are supplying. This means that if your customer doesn’t pay,or goes broke, you are in the best position to get your goods, or their value, back.

Examples of personal property

Personal property is a legal term for any property that is not land, buildings or fixtures. Examples are:

  • Motor vehicles, boats or aircraft
  • Crops, cattle and other livestock
  • Stock in trade, artworks and equipment
  • Other goods, new or second-hand, whether owned by businesses or individuals
  • Intangible property, such as patents, copyright, commercial (not government-issued) licences, debts and bank accounts
  • Financial property such as shares, cash or cheques.