Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Athens County

Where is the Athens County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Athens County Recorder’s Office located at:

15 S. Court Street
Room 236
Athens, OH 45701

Phone: 740.592.3228
Fax: 740.592.3229
Email: jmarkins@athensoh.org

What is Athens County's Recording Backlog?

The Athens County Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. However noted that the county’s document turnaround time is 24 hours/next day.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Athens County?

If your construction project is located in Athens County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Athens County?

The Athen County Recorder’s document standardization guidelines are as follows:

(A) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (B) and (C) of this section, an instrument or document presented for recording to the county recorder shall have been prepared in accordance with all of the following requirements:

(1) Legible print size not smaller than a font size of ten;

(2) Minimum paper size of eight and one-half inches by eleven inches;

(3) Maximum paper size of eight and one-half inches by fourteen inches;

(4) Black or blue ink only;

(5) No use of highlighting;

(6) Margins of one-inch width on each side of each page of the instrument or document;

(7) A margin of one-inch width across the bottom of each page of the instrument or document;

(8) A three-inch margin of blank space across the top of the first page of each instrument or document to accommodate any certification or indorsement of the county engineer, county auditor, or county recorder, as may be required by law, with the right half of that margin being reserved for the indorsement of the county recorder required by section 317.12 of the Revised Code; and

(9) A one and one-half-inch margin of blank space across the top of each of the remaining pages of the instrument or document to accommodate any certification or indorsement of the county engineer, county auditor, or county recorder, as may be required by law.

(B)

(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(2) of this section, the county recorder shall accept for recording an instrument or document that does not conform to the requirements set forth in division (A) of this section but shall charge and collect the following additional fees for each such instrument or document: an additional base fee for the recorder’s services of ten dollars and a housing trust fund fee of ten dollars, which shall be collected pursuant to section 317.36 of the Revised Code.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Athens County?

The Athens County Recorder’s recording fees are as follows:

Recording Fees

Basic Recording Fees: $28.00 for the first two pages and $8.00 for each additional printed page thereafter; $4.00 for each marginal notation/reference

Non-conforming Document: $20.00

Copy Fees

Copies: $2.00 per page
Certified Copies: $2.00 per page plus a $1.00 certification fee. O.R.C. 317.32(B)(I)

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Athens County Recorder's Office?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Athens County Recorder’s Office located at:

15 S. Court Street
Room 236
Athens, OH 45701

Phone: 740.592.3228
Fax: 740.592.3229
Email: jmarkins@athensoh.org

Copy fees are as follows:

Copies: $2.00 per page
Certified Copies: $2.00 per page plus a $1.00 certification fee

Athens County land records are also available on the Internet at https://www.uslandrecords.com/ohlr3/. Documents may be viewed and printed from the site at no cost to the user.

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