Montana 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 Montana, 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 Montana mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

Montana lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
N/A

Notice is generally not required when hired directly by the property owner.


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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

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


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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in Montana must be initiated within 2 years from lien's filing.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Notice of Lien Rights served on owner within 20 days of first delivering materials or labor and filed with recorder within 5 days of delivery to owner.


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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

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


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Enforcement deadlines
2 years

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in Montana must be initiated within 2 years from lien's filing.

Preliminary notice deadlines
20 days

Notice of Lien Rights served on owner within 20 days of first delivering materials or labor and filed with recorder within 5 days of delivery to owner.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

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


File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
2 years

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in Montana must be initiated within 2 years from lien's filing.