Ohio Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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

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Ohio lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

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Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien due 75 days from last furnishing labor or materials, 60 days on residential. Action to enforce due within 6 years from filing of lien.


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Enforcement deadlines
6 years

In Ohio, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 years from filing of lien.

Preliminary notice deadlines
21 days

Notice of furnishing due within 21 days of first furnishing labor or materials - or 21 days from filing of notice of commencement.


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Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien due 75 days from last furnishing labor or materials, 60 days on residential.


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Enforcement deadlines
6 years

In Ohio, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 years from filing of lien.

Preliminary notice deadlines
21 days

Notice of furnishing due within 21 days of first furnishing labor or materials - or 21 days from filing of notice of commencement.


Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
75 days

Lien due 75 days from last furnishing labor or materials, 60 days on residential.


File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
6 years

In Ohio, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 years from filing of lien.