Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Lake County

If you need to file a mechanics lien with the Lake County Clerk, you need to follow the State of Florida’s lien laws. The bad news is that Florida’s lien laws are a little more complicated than most; however, the good news is that those who meet the prerequisites have strong lien rights.

Here are a few of the key limitations to who can and who cannot file under Florida law:

  1. You must submit notice to owner in order to protect your lien rights in Florida.
  2. Generally, the deadline to file a mechanics lien in Florida is within 90 days of the last performance of work on a project, not the official end of the project.
  3. Sub-sub-subcontractors, suppliers to suppliers, suppliers to sub-sub-subcontractors, maintenance workers, and unlicensed contractors don’t have the right to file a mechanics lien in Florida.
  4. Overestimating the lien amount is a felony in the State of Florida.

Refer to our Florida Lien Laws FAQ page for a complete breakdown of the rules and regulations that apply to Florida contractors.

Along with Florida’s lien laws, you need to learn your county’s recording requirements before filing. This page focuses on the Lake County Clerk of Courts, the office with which you’ll record your mechanics lien in Lake County. Here, you can find the Lake County Clerk’s recording requirements, formatting requirements, recording and copy fees, and useful information regarding how you can eRecord your lien, record your lien by mail, or quickly eFile your lien with Levelset.

For a detailed description of the entire filing process in Florida, check out our step-by-step guide to filing a mechanics lien in Florida.

Where is the Lake County Clerk of Court that files mechanics liens?

You can file your lien with the Lake County Clerk at the following address:

Lake County Clerk of Court
550 W. Main St., North Wing, 3rd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 253-2600
Fax: (352) 253-2616

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm

The Lake County Clerk’s mailing address is:

(Standard)
Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
ATTENTION: RECORDING
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778

and

(Overnight)
Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
ATTENTION: RECORDING
550 W. Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778

Lastly, you can eRecord your lien in Lake County using the following services:

Corporation Service Company (CSC)
eRecording Partners Network (ePN)
Simplifile

What is Lake County's Recording Backlog?

The Lake County Clerk doesn’t publicly disclose information regarding recording backlogs.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Lake County, or some other county?

If the project is located in Lake County, then yes, you should file your mechanics lien in Lake County.

What are Lake County's requirements for filing a mechanics lien?

The Lake County Clerk’s recording requirements for mechanics liens are as follows:

    • Date your lien accordingly.
    • Mechanics liens must have a 3×3 inch square in the top right-hand corner on the first page. Each following page must have a 1×3 inch square in the top right-hand corner.
    • Include your name and address as well as the name and address of the property owner, the hiring party, and your attorney (if applicable).
    • You must include a statement for the labor and materials furnished for the project.
    • Include the lien amount.
    • You must attach a copy of the notice of intent you submitted to the owner as well as appropriate proof of it’s delivery.
    • Include the legal description of the property.
    • Florida contractors are required to include the statutory warning in mechanics lien claims, which is as follows:

“THIS LEGAL DOCUMENT REFLECTS THAT A CONSTRUCTION LIEN HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE REAL PROPERTY LISTED HEREIN. UNLESS THE OWNER OF SUCH PROPERTY TAKES ACTION TO SHORTEN THE TIME PERIOD, THIS LIEN MAY REMAIN VALID FOR ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF RECORDING, AND SHALL EXPIRE AND BECOME NULL AND VOID THEREAFTER UNLESS LEGAL PROCEEDINGS HAVE BEEN COMMENCED TO FORECLOSE OR TO DISCHARGE THIS LIEN.”

  • Lastly, get your claim notarized and signed appropriately.

For a complete list of everything you should include in any mechanics lien in the state of Florida, refer to our step-by-step Guide for Filing a Florida Mechanics Lien.

What are the margin and page size requirements to file a lien in Lake County?

Mechanics liens filed in Lake County must follow these page size and margin requirements:

-Paper size may be no larger than 8.5 x 14.

-Mechanics liens must include a 3×3 inch square in the top right-hand corner of the first page.

-Each subsequent page must include a 1×3 inch square in the top right-hand corner. Include a 1 inch margin on the sides and bottom of each page.

-Type should be no smaller than 9 point, and ink must be black.

How can I make payment to the Lake County Clerk?

The Lake County Clerk accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit and debit
  • Money order

Make sure checks are made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller,” and remember that a convenience fee is applied to credit and debit payments.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Lake County?

The filing fees at the Lake County Clerk’s Office are as follows:

Recording

$10 for the first page and $8.50 for each following page.

Copies

Copies cost $1 per page.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Lake County Clerk's Office?

To get a recorded copy of your lien in Lake County, you have three options:

In person

You can go into the Lake County Clerk’s Office in person located at:

Lake County Clerk of Court
550 W. Main St., North Wing, 3rd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 253-2600
Fax: (352) 253-2616

By mail

You can send a request for a recorded copy to the Lake County Clerk’s mailing address at:

Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
ATTENTION: RECORDING
P.O. Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778

Online

Lastly, you can search Lake County’s Official Records online at:

https://officialrecords.lakecountyclerk.org/.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Lake Florida?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Lake, FL depends on your situation. Generally speaking, every state gives those who have furnished labor and/or materials to a construction project the right to file a mechanics lien if unpaid for the furnishing. The same is true in Florida. However, there are some state-specific limitations as to who is qualified to file a mechanics lien that is important when considering whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Lake County, FL.

You can read more about lien rights and if you have the right to file a lien on our Florida Mechanics Lien Resources page.

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