Can a contractor file a lien if they have admitted to doing permit-able work without pulling proper permits? I have it in writing that they knowingly didn't pull the permits to insulate our exterior wall or redo our plumbing in the kitchen. We are in the process of filing a complaint with the state of Minnesota and I spoke with the city building inspector and he said, obviously, he can't do an inspection at the end-would have to rip our walls open, if we made the contractor pull the permits. We also started an insurance claim with the general contractors agent for damages the subcontractors did to our window, paint, carpet and chipped counter top. We originally deducted the cost of these items based on estimates we received - except the counter top as it can't be patched and I don't want to necessarily replace it since we've got an under mount sink and a seam that the installers did an amazing job on - I just deducted an amount since he wasn't willing to even address it, we asked him to send us an adjusted final invoice which he is refusing so I contacted his agent to start a claim. Also, our new counter top had a defect in it and was replaced via warranty over a month after the rest of the project was completed - Does that day count as part of calculation when determining the 120 days to file a lien notice?