Vermont Mechanics Lien FAQs

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

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Vermont lien law deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

None

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Mechanics lien deadlines
180 days

Lien must be filed w/in 180 days from when payment became due for last materials or labor provided.

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Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Vermont, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Mechanics Lien was filed.

Additionally, within the same 180-day period, a prejudgment Writ of Attachment of the real estate must be obtained and recorded.

Note that one step alone is not sufficient, both steps are necessary. And, this deadline may not be extended. If the deadline is missed for one or both steps, the lien is unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

None

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
180 days

Lien must be filed w/in 180 days from when payment became due for last materials or labor provided.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Vermont, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Mechanics Lien was filed.

Additionally, within the same 180-day period, a prejudgment Writ of Attachment of the real estate must be obtained and recorded.

Note that one step alone is not sufficient, both steps are necessary. And, this deadline may not be extended. If the deadline is missed for one or both steps, the lien is unenforceable.

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

None

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
180 days

Lien must be filed w/in 180 days from when payment became due for last materials or labor provided.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
180 days

In Vermont, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 180 days of the date on which the Notice of Mechanics Lien was filed.

Additionally, within the same 180-day period, a prejudgment Writ of Attachment of the real estate must be obtained and recorded.

Note that one step alone is not sufficient, both steps are necessary. And, this deadline may not be extended. If the deadline is missed for one or both steps, the lien is unenforceable.