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Can an Interior designer file a mechanic's lien in florida?

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I sent an invoice for services that were rendered already and it has not been paid after 30 days. I will try and contact the owner one more time, if it does not work I would like to file a lien.

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May 4, 2020
Professional design services, such as architectural services, are lienable if they contribute to permanent improvements on a property (regardless of whether a contractor or other third-party has already carried out performance of said work using the design plans). Design services that are NOT lienable relate to the placement of furniture, artwork, and other items that are fixtures / not permanently attached to the property. However, do keep in mind that a breach of contract action exists.
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May 6, 2020
An interior designer has lien rights for performance of professional services a well a lien rights for personal property (such as furniture, lighting, etc.). Although a Notice to owner is not required if the services were directly for the owner, there are special rules that apply for claims of lien under Rule 610G-16, Florida Administrative Code, and 418.213 which required the interior designer must identify the methods of compensation for their work and drawings must comply with the requirements under the statute. There are also strict timing issues that can impact the ability to file a valid lien.
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Aug 30, 2023

Yes, you are entitled to a lien for the monies owed to you if there is a contract.  

Fla. Stat. 713.03 state that any interior designer with a direct contract (contract between you and the property owner) has a lien upon the property the money owing to them for their professional services, regardless of whether such real property is actually improved.  

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