Chattels Law and Legal Definition

Chattels are moveable items of property which are neither land nor permanently attached to land or a building, either directly or vicariously through attachment to real property. Therefore, growing corn is a chattel since it is not permanently attached to land. A sofa is chattel but a house, a tree or a concrete building foundation are not. The opposite of chattel is real property which includes lands or buildings. Chattel is personal property, which is distinguished from real property.