New Jersey Construction Lien Form
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Get help filing your New Jersey Mechanics Lien
A mechanics lien is a powerful tool that contractors and suppliers can use to get paid on a private construction project. A New Jersey mechanics lien, also known as a “construction lien,” allows unpaid construction parties to record a claim against the property in New Jersey.
Fill out the form on the right to download the New Jersey Construction Lien Form.
Rules and regulations for sending a New Jersey Mechanics Lien
Liens must be filed in New Jersey within 90 days from when the claimant last furnishes labor and/or materials to a construction project. This deadline marks the 90 day period from when you last performed labor and/or materials.
After completing the New Jersey Construction Lien Form, you must deliver it to the appropriate parties required by statute. Notices are typically served on the property owner and, for sub-tier parties, the general contractor. However, depending on the type of notice, it can be helpful to send notices to anyone else who is in charge of your payment, like a lender or surety company on the project.
Others are asking about New Jersey Mechanics Lien
Are all construction liens recorded in County Clerks offices? If a Mechanics lien is not entered in the County Clerks of
Yes, all New Jersey mechanics liens are filed with county clerks offices. If the county clerk doesn't have a lien on record, then your property likely does not have a mechanics lien filed against it. Though, there's always the potential for error.
If this is in relation to a residential project, keep in mind that filing a NJ residential mechanics lien is a coonvoluted, multi-step process - so, it's possible you'll be on notice of a Notice of Unpaid Balance filing and/or a submission to the American Arbitration Association before a lien claim actually gets filed. And, contacting the county clerk to ask about a potential Notice of Unpaid Balance filing might help.
To contact your local county clerk, this resource should help: Directory of New Jersey County Recorders.
Can I file a lien in anticipation of a default if not what can I do?
In NJ, mechanics liens can only be filed for the value of work installed per a written agreement on a piece of real property. So, no, you cannot file a lien for work which you have not yet installed. However, if the homeowners have already stated that they will not be able to pay for improvements which you agreed to install per the contract, that would be considered an anticipatory breach of contract. This is a recognized cause of action to sue in NJ, but it sounds like your needs would be better served by sending a letter that you are suspending performance per the homeowners' representation that they will not be able to pay.
I would caution you that you ought to have confidence in your form of contract before you attempt to seek its protection. The Consumer Fraud Act is the bane of NJ Home Improvment Contractors, because the form of the contract for home improvements is strictly mandated by both statute and regulation. Deviations from the required form can render the contract unenforcable and entitle aggrieved homeowners to treble damages and attorney fees. I also note that residential liens in NJ require that a Notice of Unpaid Balance first be filed, as well as a demand for arbitration with the American Arbitration Association.
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Matthew Lakind, Esq.
Tesser & Cohen
946 Main St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
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New Jersey County Recorders
Looking to file/record a mechanics lien in New Jersey? You'll need to get your New Jersey mechanics lien filed and recorded with the county recorder in the county where the construction project is located. Here is a listing of all county recorders in New Jersey. Click on any county to find more information about how to get your lien recorded in that county.
5901 Main Street
Mays Landing, New Jersey, 8330
phone: (609)641-7867, (609)625-4011
One Bergen County Plaza Room 110
Hackensack, New Jersey, 7601
49 Rancocas Rd
Mt Holly, New Jersey, 8060
phone: 609 265 5000
520 MARKET ST- ROOM 102
Camden, New Jersey, 8102
7 N. Main Street
Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 8210
465 Martin Luther King Blvd, Room 240
Newark, New Jersey, 7102
phone: (973) 621-4921
1 North Broad St
Woodbury, New Jersey, 8096
257 Cornelison Avenue 4th floor
Jersey City, New Jersey, 7302
phone: (201) 369-3470
71 Main Street, Hall of Records
Flemington, New Jersey, 8822
240 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey, 8608
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 8901
phone: (732) 745-3827
33 Mechanic Street, 2nd Floor Attn: Recording Department
Freehold, New Jersey, 7728
phone: 732-431-7324 ext. 4
10 Court St
Morristown, New Jersey, 7963
118 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey, 8754
phone: (732) 929-2018
401 Grand Street Room 113
Paterson, New Jersey, 7505
phone: (973) 881-4777 ext 3
110 Fifth St.
Salem, New Jersey, 8079
20 grove st
Somerville, New Jersey, 8876
phone: (908) 231-7007
Hall of Records 83 Spring St., Suite 304
Newton, New Jersey, 7860
2 Broad Street Rm 114
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 7207
413 Second St
belvidere, New Jersey, 7823
phone: (908) 475-6211