Maine Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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Last updated July 10, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Maine, 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 Maine mechanics lien.

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Maine lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines

None.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days

Must be filed 120 days after last providing materials or labor, along with action to enforce.

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Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In Maine, a lien claimant is required to initiate an action to enforce his claim or privilege within the same 120 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials in which the lien must be filed.

Additionally, a certificate from the clerk of court in which the action is pending, or an attested copy of the lien complaint, must be filed in the registry of deeds within 60 days of the day on which the lien complaint was filed.

Preliminary notice deadlines

None.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Must be filed 90 days after last providing materials or labor, action to enforce within 120 days of last providing materials or labor.

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Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In Maine, a lien claimant is required to initiate an action to enforce his claim or privilege within the same 120 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials in which the lien must be filed.

Additionally, a certificate from the clerk of court in which the action is pending, or an attested copy of the lien complaint, must be filed in the registry of deeds within 60 days of the day on which the lien complaint was filed.

Preliminary notice deadlines

None.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Must be filed 90 days after last providing materials or labor, action to enforce within 120 days of last providing materials or labor.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In Maine, a lien claimant is required to initiate an action to enforce his claim or privilege within the same 120 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials in which the lien must be filed.

Additionally, a certificate from the clerk of court in which the action is pending, or an attested copy of the lien complaint, must be filed in the registry of deeds within 60 days of the day on which the lien complaint was filed.