Kansas Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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Last updated June 24, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Kansas, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. This page breaks down the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file a Kansas mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Kansas lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines

None.


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Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days

Lien must be filed within 4 months of last providing materials or labor, unless a one-month extension is filed and served.


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Enforcement deadlines
1 year

Action to enforce a Kansas mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year of filing the lien. This deadline can not be extended in Kansas, and failure to meet the enforcement deadline renders the lien unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines

On new residential projects, notice must be filed prior to filing lien. On pre-existing residential projects, notice must be given to owner prior to filing lien.


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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 3 months of last providing materials or labor, unless a one-month extension is filed and served.


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Enforcement deadlines
1 year

Action to enforce a Kansas mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year of filing the lien. This deadline can not be extended in Kansas, and failure to meet the enforcement deadline renders the lien unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines

On new residential projects, notice must be filed prior to filing lien. On pre-existing residential projects, notice must be given to owner prior to filing lien.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 3 months of last providing materials or labor, unless a one-month extension is filed and served. Action to enforce must be commenced within 1 year of filing of lien.


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Enforcement deadlines
1 year

Action to enforce a Kansas mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year of filing the lien. This deadline can not be extended in Kansas, and failure to meet the enforcement deadline renders the lien unenforceable.