(1) Where a person has done work upon a chattel in that person's possession so as thereby to be entitled at law to a lien on the chattel for any amount, and the amount to which that person is entitled remains unpaid for not less than 2 months after it ought to have been paid, that person may, in addition to all other remedies provided by law, cause the chattel to be sold by auction.
(2) Not less than 1 week's notice of the sale shall be given to the owner of the chattel in accordance with subsection (4) if the owner's address is known to the person entitled to the lien, and also (whether the owner's address is known or not) by advertisement in a newspaper published in the locality in which the work was done, or if there is no newspaper published in that locality, in a newspaper circulating in the neighbourhood, stating in each case the name of the person entitled to the lien, the amount of the debt, a description of the chattel, the time and place of sale, and the name of the auctioneer. The advertisement need not specify the name of the owner.
(3) The proceeds of the sale shall be applied, first, in payment of the costs of advertising and sale and, secondly, in payment of the amount due under the lien, and any surplus shall, as soon as may be after the completion of the sale, be paid to the Registrar of the District Court nearest to the place of sale, to be held by the Registrar for the benefit of the person entitled to it.
(4) The notice of sale required by subsection (2) to be given to the owner of the chattel may be given by causing it to be delivered to that person, or to be left at that person's usual or last known place of abode or business or at any address specified by that person for that purpose, or to be posted in a letter addressed to that person at that place of abode or business or address.
(5) If any such notice is sent to any person by registered letter, it shall be deemed to have been delivered to that person when it would have been delivered in the ordinary course of post, and in proving the delivery it shall be sufficient to prove that the letter was properly addressed and posted.