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Client is only offering to pay 10% of a project

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I am trying to work with a client for a contracting job, half way through the job she wanted additional work for the same price. When i said that was not part of the quote she criticized my job and made me leave before it was completed. I was going to send a notice to lien on her property before when she was going to give me $0 but now she offered $150 but that doesn't even cover my material costs

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Aug 17, 2020
It is likely that you may seek out a mechanics lien. In North Carolina, if contractors and suppliers don't get paid on their construction project they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. North Carolina mechanics lien laws provide protection for contractors and suppliers, yet there are many requirements that must be followed for a contractor to qualify for, maintain, perfect, and enforce lien rights. You can also consult our Step-by-Step Guide on How to File a North Carolina Mechanics Lien. In North Carolina, a lien claimant has 120 days from the date of last furnishing to complete these 3 steps: First, fill out a mechanics lien form that meets NC requirements. North Carolina has a set of guidelines claimants must meet to file a lien. You must use a form that meets state requirements that must be filled out completely and accurately. Next, file the lien with the county recorder's office where the property is located. Finally, serve a copy of the lien to the property owner. Subcontracts and supplier must also serve a lien copy on the general contractor. After you file the lien in North Carolina, it is only valid for 180 days after last furnishing of labor or materials. Therefore your lien will expire if not enforced.
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