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To seize the property of an individual and retain it until an obligation is performed. The taking of the goods and chattels of a tenant by a landlord in order to satisfy an unpaid debt.

Distrain is a comprehensive term that may be used in reference to any detention of Personal Property, lawful or unlawful.


verb annex, appropriate, assume ownerrhip, attach, bear away, carry away, carry off, compulsorily acquire, confiscate, deprive of, divest, garnish, hominis bona vendere, hurry off with, impound, impress, lay hold of, levy, levy a distress, make away with, possess oneself of, preempt, replevy, seize, sequester, sequestrate, take away, take into custody, take over, take possession of
See also: annex, arrogate, assume, attach, compel, condemn, confiscate, deprive, divest, fine, garnish, impound, levy, mulct, seize, sequester


to seize (personal property) by way of DISTRESS.

TO DISTRAIN. To take an keep any personal chattel in custody, as a distress. (q.v.)

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Landlords will have to give tenants 72 hours' notice of their intention to distrain, so that they have time to challenge the existence of the debt or seek a court order to prevent the landlord from distraining;
Coun Rudge said: "A successful application has been made to distrain a significant sum of cash and three properties with a valuation of just under pounds 1 million.
To avoid this scenario and ensure payment of the rent, Ceri Mort advises landlords to send in bailiffs to distrain on the late payer's goods.
As it is rarely written into leases, one of the things which may become necessary is to start including a contractual right to distrain in future leases.