A contractor is threatening to file a lien against my property after I offered to deduct the payment I made to another contractor to finish the work he never finished. We never had a written or signed agreement to start.
In Colorado, the law does not require that the lien notice or filing include a written contract. A written contract is not a conditon to a lien right.
Absolutely, the purpose of mechanic’s liens is to protect contractors for the value of the work they actually performed and just like a lawsuit, you cannot stop people from filing them. However, whether it is a valid lien would require legal analysis. There are a number of ways a lien can be invalid and could subject the contractor to some stiff penalties.