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can a real estate developer without a contractors' license file a mechanics lien against property owner?

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Im a real estate developer without a contractors' license contracting with a real estate owner to demolish existing property and construction new home. 1/3 of the way done on a project and the owner is trying to sell the property. Can i file a mechanics lien against the property?

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May 7, 2021
If you do not have a contractor's license, you are not legally entitled to any compensation for the performance of construction work that requires a contractor's license to perform, and you can be sued for the return of any compensation that you have received. An unlicensed contractor performing construction services cannot record a valid mechanics lien. There are some exceptions for owner/builders, but you do need to be an owner to qualify for this exemption.
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