Maryland Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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Last updated June 10, 2020
If contractors or suppliers aren't paid on a construction project in Maryland, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that gives the unpaid party a security interest in the property, essentially providing a payment guarantee. These are the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file a Maryland mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Maryland mechanics lien and notice deadlines for:

Notice Requirements for GCs

General contractors in Maryland are not required to provide notice prior to filing a mechanics lien claim.


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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
180 days

In Maryland, all mechanics liens must be filed within 180 days from last providing materials or labor.


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Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

In Maryland, a lien claimant is required to initiate his enforcement of the lien by filing a Petition to Enforce the lien within 1 year from the date on which the Petition to Establish the lien was filed.

Notice Requirements for Subcontractors
120 Days

Notice of lien claim must be served on owner within 120 days after last providing labor or materials.


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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
180 days

In Maryland, all mechanics liens must be filed within 180 days from last providing materials or labor.


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Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

In Maryland, a lien claimant is required to initiate his enforcement of the lien by filing a Petition to Enforce the lien within 1 year from the date on which the Petition to Establish the lien was filed.

Notice Requirements for Suppliers
120 days

Notice of lien claim must be served on owner within 120 days after last providing labor or materials.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
180 days

In Maryland, all mechanics liens must be filed within 180 days from last providing materials or labor.


File A Lien Fast
Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

In Maryland, a lien claimant is required to initiate his enforcement of the lien by filing a Petition to Enforce the lien within 1 year from the date on which the Petition to Establish the lien was filed.