Home>Levelset Community>Legal Help>I did roofing at one address for 5 days my pay was to be $120 a day I also did masonry at another address for 1 day at the same pay rate. The guy that hired me as a laborer has not paid me and keeps telling me to be patient. (Hes paid the other laborers who are hispanic but not me I am white if that makes a difference) I dont really understand how to go about this. I have the addresses so now do I look up the owner?
I did roofing at one address for 5 days my pay was to be $120 a day I also did masonry at another address for 1 day at the same pay rate. The guy that hired me as a laborer has not paid me and keeps telling me to be patient. (Hes paid the other laborers who are hispanic but not me I am white if that makes a difference) I dont really understand how to go about this. I have the addresses so now do I look up the owner?
That is my girlfriends number my phone is off because I have no money to pay it until this guy who hired me pays me!
Jul 17, 2019
I'm sorry to hear you've had some payment problems here. Considering you're talking about addresses and ownership information, I'll assume you're contemplating a lien filing to recover payment. Let's look at some options for payment recovery - including a mechanics lien filing.
One option for payment recovery might be to merely warn or threaten a customer that a lien will be filed if payment isn't made. Certainly, it's a good idea to first discuss the matter with the nonpaying customer first - nonpayment could be the result of a simple misunderstanding. But, if necessary, showing the customer that a lien claim will be filed, if needed, can help to speed things along some. Plus, before a valid and enforceable mechanics lien can be filed, a Nevada claimant must generally send a Notice of Intent to Lien anyway. So, not only will a Notice of Intent help to show the gravity of the payment dispute, but if a lien will be pursued, one would be needed anyway. For more information about this document, here's a great resource: What Is a Notice of Intent to Lien and Should You Send One?
Regarding mechanics liens, liens are perhaps the most powerful tool available for payment recovery in the construction industry. When a lien claim is filed, the property owner's title is put in jeopardy - and that will often put the lien claimant's customer in hot water, too. Plus, pursuing a lien claim is cheaper and faster than pursuing a debt via traditional litigation. Of course, the requirements and deadlines surrounding lien claims are strict - so it's important to follow the necessary steps. For more information on Nevada mechanics lien requirements, here's a great resource: Nevada Mechanics Lien Overview.
As you hinted at above, in order to properly file a mechanics lien in Nevada, ownership information will be necessary. When a lien is filed through a third-party service, like Levelset, that service may be able to research the ownership information for the project. But this research can certainly be performed without professional help, too. Levelset has a helpful resource on that topic: How to Find the Property Owner on a Construction Project.
When contemplating a lien filing, there's one more consideration to keep in mind - the cost. The filing fees for filing a mechanics lien can vary from county to county, but no matter what, there will be some fees associated with filing a mechanics lien. Further, if a third-party filing service is used, that cost will rise. So, when deciding whether or not to file a lien, it's important to keep the cost in mind, particularly when recovering smaller amounts.