Michigan Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated August 4, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Michigan, 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 Michigan mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Michigan lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
Upon request

Must provide list of subs and suppliers upon request.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last providing materials or labor.

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Enforcement deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce a Michigan mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year from filing of lien. This deadline may not be extended.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Notice of furnishing to owner and prime within 20 days after first providing labor or materials. Laborer has 30 days after wages were due, and not paid, to serve notice.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last providing materials or labor.

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Enforcement deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce a Michigan mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year from filing of lien. This deadline may not be extended.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Notice of furnishing to owner and prime within 20 days after first providing labor or materials.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days from last providing materials or labor.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
1 year

An action to enforce a Michigan mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year from filing of lien. This deadline may not be extended.