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Home>Levelset Community>Legal Help>I paid someone 800 to lay and finsh 7 pieaces of drywall he painted it 2 coats and sprayed a ceiling one coat now he has come back and said we need to pay 1400 more or he going to put lien on home owners house but we paid him and furnished all materials

I paid someone 800 to lay and finsh 7 pieaces of drywall he painted it 2 coats and sprayed a ceiling one coat now he has come back and said we need to pay 1400 more or he going to put lien on home owners house but we paid him and furnished all materials

South Carolina

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Sep 6, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about that - it's frustrating when mechanics lien laws are abused by bad actors. First, it's worth noting that even when full payment has been made, it might be possible for a claimant to file a mechanics lien. Of course, just because a lien is filed does not mean it is valid - and if a claimant files a mechanics lien they know to be fraudulent or frivolous, serious penalties can come into play. Specifically, under § 29-5-15(B) of South Carolina's mechanics lien statute, "A contractor who files a frivolous lien is subject to a fine up to five thousand dollars, the loss of his registration or contractor license, or both." Notifying a potential lien claimant that their lien would be frivolous and would lead to serious potential penalties could help prevent a lien filing before it occurs. Further, doing so through an attorney - and potentially threatening further legal action against the claimant - should help provide a little more force. For a little more info on potential penalties associated with lien filings, this article may help: Don't File Fraudulent Liens.
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