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Lien Registration Services

Lien Services

For the purpose of the services described here, "Personal Property" refers to consumer goods. Examples include but are not limited to, vehicles, boats, industrial or farming equipment, and aircraft. Land is NOT included.

For more complex registrations, it is advisable that you take legal council prior to registration in order to determine specific requirements, priorities and timetables.

These are definitions to liens that Ardiel Agencies can register via Alberta Government Services.

  • Security Agreement:   A security interest under the Personal Property Security Act, including leases for a term of more than one year, transfers of accounts or chattel paper and consignments.
  • Sale of Goods or Factor Act:   A buyer’s interest in goods left in the possession of the seller.
  • Writ of Enforcement:   Document filed with the Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench. Registered with the Personal Property Registry to enforce a creditor’s interest.
  • Writ of Seizure and Sale (Federal Writ):   Federal Judgments registered with the Personal Property Registry to enforce a creditor’s interest.
  • Garage Keeper's Lien Act:   A Garage Keeper registers a lien against an owner’s vehicle for repairs, parts or storage for which he has not been paid.
  • Matrimonial Property Order:   An interest of a spouse given exclusive possession by a Court of a mobile home or household goods under the Matrimonial Property Act.
  • Crown Charge:   A lien, charge or other interest of the Crown created by any law in force in Canada.
  • Land Charge:   An interest in real property of a corporation that secures payment or performance of an obligation under section 59.2 of the Law of Property Act.
  • Maintenance Order:  An order or interim order of a court in Alberta, maintenance means maintenance, support or alimony.
  • Court Orders:   An order authorized by a court or statute that directs registration in PPR.
  • Attachment Order:   An order granted by the court prior to judgment, to attach to property in order to protect an interest.
  • Receiver’s Report:   A notice of a financial statement or final account of the receiver’s administration.
  • Statutory Charge:   A lien, charge, or other interest that affects property and is created under an enactment in force in Alberta.

Lien Searches

Individuals should search the Personal Property Registry prior to buying personal property or when accepting personal property as collateral for a loan.

The search result is intended to protect the rights of buyers and creditors by informing you if the personal property is subject to another registration.

What can be searched at the personal property registry?

  • Individual Debtor Name Search:   This lien search determines if there are any registrations for a specific individual debtor name.
  • Business Debtor Name Search:   This lien search determines if there are any registrations for a specific business debtor name.
  • Serial Number Search:   This determines if there are any registrations for specific serial number goods.
  • Registration Number Search:   This determines the status of a specific Personal Property Registry registration number.
  • Distribution Seizure Search:   This determines if there are any registrations for individual and/or business names that may participate in distribution proceeds. This type of search will determine if enforcement proceedings are viable.
  • Business Secured Party Search:   This determines all the registrations for a specific organization.
  • Certificate of Expired or Discharged Registration Number Search:   This determines when a registration expired or was discharged.

Lien Registration Process

How to Register in the Personal Property Registry

Most interests are registered by completing a financing statement and submitting it to Ardiel Agencies for registration in Alberta Personal Property Registry Electronic System (APPRES). Some interests can only be registered by specific representatives as they are for distinct purposes. One of our trained agents can provide more information about these interests.

Some interests must be registered within specific time frames to satisfy time limits in the Personal Property Security Act and other legislation. You should allow adequate lead time for processing if there are any legislative time limits for registration. If you are unsure if your interest has a time limitation, you may wish to take legal advice.

How Registrations are Handled in the Personal Property Registry

A secured party has obligations to ensure there are sufficient grounds for registration and that the registration is made in good faith. A failure to comply with this obligation could lead to a claim by any person suffering damages as a result of such registration. Ardiel Agencies will not be held liable if such an unsubstantiated claim is made.

When your interest is registered on APPRES, Ardiel Agencies will provide you with a verification statement confirming the registration information as it was recorded on APPRES. Check your verification statement carefully to make sure all information has been recorded accurately, if errors are detected, have the error amended immediately. The verification statement can be used to renew or discharge your registration.

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