Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Ector County

Where is the Ector County Recorder's Office that files mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens in person at the Ector County Clerk’s office located at:

Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Ave
Odessa, TX 79761

Phone (432) 498-4130
Fax (432) 498-4177

What is Ector County's Recording Backlog?

The Ector County Clerk does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should my mechanics lien be filed in Ector County, or some other county?

If the project is located in Ector county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Ector County, Texas Recorder’s office.

What are Ector County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The Ector County Clerk’s recording requirements are as follows:
ARTICLE 3930C, AS AMENDED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1978:
Provides double the filing fee for that page if:
(A) Names are not legibly typed or printed immediately under each signature or (B) If more than one (1) rider is attached to any page

PROPERTY CODE-VTCA 11.003 (AG OPINION MW433) EFFECTIVE JAN. 1,
1982: Requires that a grantee’s address be in or attached to any document conveying real property executed after December 31, 1981. If address of each grantee is not included, the payment of a penalty filing fee equal to the greater of (1) twice the statutory filing fee for the filing of such document with the County Clerk or (2) $25.00 will be required. This fee is in addition to the filing fee.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALES – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1984:
Notice of such proposed sale shall be given by posting a written notice of the sale at the courthouse door, and by filing a copy of the notice in the Office of the County Clerk in which the sale is to be made at least 21 days proceeding the date of the sale. The Clerk shall receive a fee for each notice filed.

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

The margin requirements for filing a lien in Ector County are 2 inch margins at the top of the first page with .5 margins on all other sides. All other pages must have .5 inch margins on all sides. Your lien claim should be filed on Letter size 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Not following these margin and paper size requirements may invalidate your lien claim.

How can I make payment to the Ector County Recorder?

The Ector County Clerk accepts credit card payments through www.certifiedpayments.net/ or by phone at 1-866-539-2020.

You can go to https://certifiedpayments.net/PaymentWizard_3.aspx/ for Official Public Records Payments.

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

The Ector County Clerk’s recording fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing Fee: $0.25 for each additional name to be indexed in excess of five (5) names

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Lien: $31.00
Release of Federal Tax Lien: $31.00
State Tax Lien (From State Agency Only): $16.00
Release of State Tax Lien (From State Agency Only): $16.00

Copy Fees

Non-Certified Copies: $1.00 per page
Certified Copies: $1.00 per page plus $5.00 for certification

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Ector County's Recorders Office?

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

Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Ave
Odessa, TX 79761

You can also search the Ector County’s Official Records and order documents at https://ector.tx.publicsearch.us/

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Ector, Texas?

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Ector County,Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in Ector is no different. Generally, construction contractors who

1) furnish labor or materials

2) send all required documents before filing a lien, such as monthly notices

3) if a homestead, have a proper written contract

4) and meet any state deadlines and fees for your lien claim.

You can learn more about Mechanics Liens in Texas and more specific requirements for filing a lien overall in our step by step guide.

Do I have to send a monthly notice to file a lien in Ector County, Texas?

Yes, you will need to have sent a Texas Preliminary Notice (monthly notices) to be able to file a lien in Ector County, TX. Not sending the correct Texas Monthly Notice may result in an invalid lien claim at the time of filing with the Ector County Recorder / Assessor.

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