West Virginia Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated August 18, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in West Virginia, 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 West Virginia mechanics lien.

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Mechanics lien

West Virginia lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

Generally none, but WV allows for providing a notice prior to work.

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Mechanics lien deadlines
100 days

Lien must be filed w/in 100 days from last providing labor or materials.

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Enforcement deadlines
6 months

In West Virginia, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 months from filing the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if missed, the lien expires.

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

Generally none, but WV allows for providing a notice prior to work.

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
100 days

Lien must be filed w/in 100 days from last providing labor or materials.

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Enforcement deadlines
6 months

In West Virginia, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 months from filing the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if missed, the lien expires.

Preliminary notice deadlines
None

Generally none, but WV allows for providing a notice prior to work

Send Your Notice
Mechanics lien deadlines
100 days

Lien must be filed w/in 100 days from last providing labor or materials.

File A Lien Fast
Enforcement deadlines
6 months

In West Virginia, an action to enforce a mechanics lien must be initiated within 6 months from filing the lien.

This deadline may not be extended, and if missed, the lien expires.