Rhode Island Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

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

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Mechanics lien

Rhode Island lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
10 days

Notice of Possible Mechanic's Lien required within 10 days of commencing work. Notice of Intent must be given to Owner within same 200-day period as lien.

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Mechanics lien deadlines
200 days

Lien must be filed w/in 200 days after last labor or materials furnished.

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Enforcement deadlines
40 days

In Rhode Island a Complaint to Enforce a Mechanics Lien must be filed within 40 days of the date on which the lien was filed.

A Notice of Lis Pendens must be filed before the Complaint to Enforce the lien is filed. However, the Complaint must be filed within 7 days after filing the Notice of Lis Pendens.

Preliminary notice deadlines
200 days

Notice of Intent must be given to Owner within same 200-day period as lien.

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Mechanics lien deadlines
200 days

Lien must be filed w/in 200 days after last labor or materials furnished.

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Enforcement deadlines
40 days

In Rhode Island a Complaint to Enforce a Mechanics Lien must be filed within 40 days of the date on which the lien was filed.

A Notice of Lis Pendens must be filed before the Complaint to Enforce the lien is filed. However, the Complaint must be filed within 7 days after filing the Notice of Lis Pendens.

Preliminary notice deadlines
200 days

Notice of Intent must be given to Owner within same 200-day period as lien.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
200 days

Lien must be filed w/in 200 days after last labor or materials furnished.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
40 days

In Rhode Island a Complaint to Enforce a Mechanics Lien must be filed within 40 days of the date on which the lien was filed.

A Notice of Lis Pendens must be filed before the Complaint to Enforce the lien is filed. However, the Complaint must be filed within 7 days after filing the Notice of Lis Pendens.