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Can a supplier i had no interaction with file a lien on my property for unpaid bills incured by contractor that i alread

MissouriMechanics LienNotice of Intent to Lien

If I paid a contractor on my commercial job but he does not pay his supplier, can supplier go after me for a lien? He used a company and got a lien waiver with their name on it to turn in with check but he didn't pay another supplier I knew nothing about. Now they are threatening a lien on my property. Is this legal?

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Apr 17, 2020
Yes, a supplier who's furnished materials on a Missouri commercial project will be able to file a mechanics lien. This is true even where the project owner has fully paid their general contractor. That doesn't mean the GC is off the hook, though. An owner will certainly have claims against their contractor who's failed to pay their supplier, and the owner can make sure the contractor is a part of the dispute as well. Threatening to take legal action against a GC will often force them to resolve the dispute with their supplier before a lien claim is actually filed. Additionally, threats to report the GC to the state licensing board could be useful, too. Though - it's likely wise to try and discuss the matter with the contractor first to understand the source of their payment dispute with their supplier. Finally, I think these articles might be helpful to you: (1) I Just Received a Notice of Intent to Lien – What Should I Do Now?; and (2) A Mechanics Lien Was Filed on My Property – What Do I Do Now?
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