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can i still lien a house for doing plumbing work in Illinois, even though I'm not a licensed plumber

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started interior plumbing on a house and was fired, as was the original plumber. No reason given. I understand that he can file a complaint with the state but I'm not worried about that, I wouldjust like to get the money owed me for doing half the job.

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Feb 4, 2019
That's a good question, and it's one we get fairly often at the Construction Legal Center. The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act does not have a specific requirement stating that a lien claimant must be licensed in order for their lien to be valid. Of course, it's always a good idea to obtain licensure where licensure is required for the work being performed. Plus, it's also possible that a failure to obtain the proper licensure might affect the ability to recover should legal proceedings become necessary. For more on the rules surrounding Illinois mechanics liens, the following resources should be valuable: (1) Illinois Mechanics Lien and Notice FAQs; and (2) How to File an Illinois Mechanics Lien.
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