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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mechanic Lien?

Mechanic’s liens, also known as construction liens or contractor’s liens, are legal claims placed on a property by contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers who have provided labor, materials, or services for construction or improvement of that property. These liens serve as a way for these parties to seek payment for their work or materials when they have not been compensated as agreed.

Who Would Need a Mechanic Lien?

Mechanic’s liens are typically filed by contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers when they have not received payment for their services or materials. The lien gives them a legal interest in the property, allowing them to enforce the lien by seeking a foreclosure sale of the property to recover the money owed.

How Do I File a Mechanic Lien?

To file a mechanic’s lien, the claimant typically needs to follow specific legal procedures, including notifying the property owner, providing necessary documentation, and filing the lien with the appropriate government office, such as the county clerk’s office or recorder of deeds. The requirements for filing a mechanic’s lien vary by jurisdiction, so it’s important to consult local laws and regulations for specific guidelines.

What Sort of Protection Do Mechanic Liens Offer?

Mechanic’s liens provide protection for contractors and suppliers in the construction industry, ensuring they have a means to seek payment for their work. At the same time, they can create complications for property owners, as the presence of a lien may impede their ability to sell or refinance the property until the lien is resolved or released.