Can I place a lien on the contractor's property?

7 months ago

I hired a contractor who abandoned the project. I have a judgement of $10,000 against the contractor from the Magistrate Court. Can I place a lien on the contractor’s property?

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When a judgment is hand, an owner may be able to obtain a judgment lien against a contractor they’ve won the judgment against. More on that here: Judgment Liens on Property in New Mexico.

However, an owner will not be able to file a mechanics lien against their contractor, regardless of any judgment. Mechanics liens secure payment for work that improves real property – so, while a contractor may be able to obtain a mechanics lien against the property owner, an owner won’t be entitled to a mechanics lien against their contractor.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Rather, this content is provided for informational purposes. Do not act on this information as if it is advice. Further, this post does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you do need legal advice, seek the help of a local attorney.
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