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How long does a construction company have to file a lien on a customer who is almost 90 days late on paying an invoice for a job in Tennessee?

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customer issued a Purchase order for an estimate, work was done and the terms was verbally agreed on for two payments the first one was progress billing and the second one was for major completion, as of yet no payment has been made, the accounts payable office stated they was having cash flow problems but did not indicate when a payment could be made.

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Feb 27, 2019
That's a good question, and I'm sorry to hear you've been having payment problems. Before getting into the specifics about filing a Tennessee mechanics lien, it's worth noting that the mere threat of lien is often enough to compel payment. Mechanics liens are such a powerful tool that the mere threat or warning of a lien claim will often compel payment or at least begin payment discussions, without the need for an actual lien filing. Plus, a document like a Notice of Intent to Lien can be made regardless of whether a lien claim would (or could) ultimately be filed. You can learn more about that idea here: What is a Notice of Intent to Lien? Anyway, regarding Tennessee's lien laws... The deadline to file a Tennessee mechanics lien in Tennesee will depend on a number of different factors - including project type and the role of the party filing the lien (GC, subcontractor, supplier, etc.). For a full breakdown on the timeframe for each role and project type, this resource should be useful: Tennessee Lien & Notice FAQs. At that web page, a prospective claimant can look at the "When is the Deadline to File a Tennessee Mechanics Lien?" question for an in-depth look at the deadline. Finally, it's worth noting that there are other options outside of the lien process as well for compelling payment.
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