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I done a pump motor replacement and replumbing and fixed a leak on a swimming pool got paid some of the portion but I'm out about 500 can I put a lien on the house with swimming pool on the market to be sold?

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Customer/Friend ask me to get the swimming pool presentable for sale so I drain and clean install new pool pump motor and add chemicals and only get paid for installing pump motor chemicals and cleaning. I got paid nothing for the drain and clean and nothing for fixing the leaks at the pump and replacing the multi-port valve on the swimming pool.

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Jan 21, 2019
Good question. When work has been performed and the work results in a permanent improvement to real property, typically, that work will give rise to mechanics lien rights. But to give rise to lien rights, the work must result in permanent improvement - i.e., installation of equipment and/or repairs would likely result in the right to file a mechanics lien, but less - permanent work, such as cleaning or adding chemicals, might not give rise to lien rights unless that work was a necessary part of other, more permanent work. Of course, regardless of whether the right to lien exists or will be exercised, the mere threat of a mechanics lien can go a long way toward forcing payment. Sending a document like a Notice of Intent to Lien serves as a lien warning, and it states that payment must be made soon or a lien will be filed. Considering the drastic effects of a mechanics lien filing, owners will typically take the threat of lien very seriously. You can learn more about that option here: What is a Notice of Intent to Lien? Further, if a mechanics lien does seem like a necessary option, the following resources should be helpful: (1) How to File a Georgia Mechanics Lien, and (2) Georgia Lien & Notice FAQs. Lastly, this article discusses available options when a mechanics lien might not be right, and this one discusses some more collaborative recovery options. Good luck!
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