US Virgin Islands Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated June 26, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in US Virgin Islands, 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 US Virgin Islands mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

US Virgin Islands lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines

May file notice of commencement at beginning of construction project.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or material.

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Enforcement deadlines
90 days

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in the US Virgin Islands must generally be initiated within 90 days of its recording.

However, VI mechanics liens may be extended each 90 days for up to 1 year.

Preliminary notice deadlines

Must deliver preliminary notice to owner and prime contractor. No time requirement, but notice only preserves lien rights against amounts not paid at time notice is sent.

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Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or material.

File A Lien Fast

Enforcement deadlines
90 days

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in the US Virgin Islands must generally be initiated within 90 days of its recording.

However, VI mechanics liens may be extended each 90 days for up to 1 year.

Preliminary notice deadlines

Must deliver preliminary notice to owner and prime contractor. No time requirement, but notice only preserves lien rights against amounts not paid at time notice is sent.

Send Your Notice

Mechanics liens deadlines
90 days

Lien must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or material.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
90 days

An action to enforce a mechanics lien in the US Virgin Islands must generally be initiated within 90 days of its recording.

However, VI mechanics liens may be extended each 90 days for up to 1 year.