Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Fannin County

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

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

800 E. 2nd Street
Bonham, Texas 75418
(Cross Street Katy Blvd)
Bonham, Texas 75418

Phone: 903.583.7486
Fax: 903.640.4241

Contact:
Fannin County Deputy Clerk’s
ANGELA FRAZIER
afrazier@fanninco.net

or

VICKIE VANDEVENTER
vvandeventer@fanninco.net

You can also mail your documents for recording to:

101 E. Sam Rayburn Drive
Bonham, Texas 75418

Note that a self-addressed stamped envelope must be provided for all filings unless you intend to pick up your documents.

What is Fannin County's Recording Backlog?

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

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

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

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

Generally, filing a lien in Texas is one of the more difficult states. Texas has a variety of required documents being exchanged and very strict deadlines for a valid lien claim.

The Fannin County, Texas requirements for recording a mechanics lien are:

1. Verify you have the right to file a valid lien. This includes having sent a monthly notice for each month labor or materials were furnished on a project. A monthly notice must be sent the second and third month for every month work is performed. This can be confusing but basically this means if you furnished labor this month, your deadline to send a two month and third month notice are two and three months from now, respectively. It’s important to keep in mind that if you perform work on the same construction job in Texas for two consecutive months you will need to have sent a total of 4 notices to retain lien rights. So if work was performed in January, your deadline would be March and April for a 2 and 3 month notice. Keep in mind it’s a little more complex if the labor or materials furnished were for a Homestead project.

2. Draft your Texas affidavit of lien form (mechanics lien claim) for your specific role on the job. The forms are different for general contractors vs. subcontractors so make sure you use the correct form. Not doing so could invalidate your lien claim! Make sure all required fields are completed and call the county recorder if you have questions about specific required fields. Again, submitting a mechanics lien claim in Texas not completed correctly could lead to an invalid claim returned to you, potentially leading to a missed lien deadline. Be sure to include other relevant attachments as well.

3. File your lien claim with the County Recorder’s office where work was performed.

4. Send a copy of your lien claim to the Property Owner and General Contractor (if you were a second-tier contractor or supplier). This is important as sending a copy of the lien may expedite payment as the Property Owner or General Contractor may not learn a lien was filed on the property if not contacted.

To learn more about filing your lien claim and other requirements, learn more from our How to File a Texas Mechanics Lien Step by Step Guide.

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

The margin requirements for filing a lien in Fannin 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 Fannin County Recorder?

The Fannin County Clerk accepts check payments. Note that payment is due at the time of filing. Provide a SASE for documents to be returned.

Make check payable to: Fannin County Clerk

Checks older than 90 days will not be accepted.

Refunds of Ten Dollars ($10.00) or less will be issued upon request.

All checks must clear the bank before a refund will be issued.

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

The Fannin 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, after the first five (5) names

Lien Fees

Lien or Release of Lien (Hospital or Mechanics): $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page

Lien or Release of Lien (Federal Tax): $31.00

Lien or Release of Lien (State Tax): $16.00

Copy Fees

Copy Fee: $1.00 per page
Certified Copy: $1.00 per page plus $5.00 for certification

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

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

800 E. 2nd Street
Bonham, Texas 75418
(Cross Street Katy Blvd)
Bonham, Texas 75418

Phone: 903.583.7486
Fax: 903.640.4241

Contact:
Fannin County Deputy Clerk
Kristy Ellison
kellison@fanninco.net

You can also search Fannin County’s Real Property Official Records online at: https://www.texaslandrecords.com/txlr/TxlrApp/index.jsp/

Commercial users will be charged a flat monthly fee per user to view any document available on-line. Pay-Per Access Member will be charged for the entire document at the rate of $1 per page.

You can contact or visit the County Clerks office for a certified copy of a document. Copies printed online cannot be certified by the County Clerk.

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

Determining if you have the right to file a lien in Fannin County, Texas can be complicated. Texas has one of the most complex lien laws in the U.S. and filing a lien in Fannin 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 Fannin County, Texas?

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

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