What is a ‘fixture’ regarding real estate?


Asked on October 1, 2017 under Real Estate Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Regarding real estate, a fixture is any physical property that is permanently attached (or fixed) to real property, the removal of which would permanently damage such property. Examples of a fixture would be: a ceiling fan, towel rack, chandelier, built in shelves, carpet, etc. Fixtures are included in the sale of a home, unless specifically excluded. Therefore, the seller can’t unbolt or otherwise remove it before the buyer takes possession.

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