Nebraska Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 25, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Nebraska, 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 Nebraska mechanics lien.

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Nebraska lien deadlines for:

Preliminary Notice deadlines
None.
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Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days
A mechanics lien must be filed within 120 days of last providing labor or materials to a project in Nebraska. File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
2 years

In Nebraska, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 2 years after filing the lien.

However, this deadline can be significantly shortened. If the property owner (or other interested party) gives a demand to initiate suit, the deadline is 30 days from receipt of the written demand.