Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Winkler County

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

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

100 East Winkler, 1st Floor
Kermit, TX 79745

Phone: 432-586-3401

What is Winhkler County's Recording Backlog?

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

 

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

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

What are Winkler 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 Winkler 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.

 

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

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

100 East Winkler, 1st Floor
Kermit, TX 79745

Phone: 432-586-3401

Access to a copy of a lien may require paying a fee.

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