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In the instance of a VRBO, Airbnb, Booking.com or any turn over "make Ready" improving service where it is a contribution to permanent improvement for the next paying guest and the guest is actually paying a cleaning fee to the owner and then the owner does not pay you for that one time cleaning! Does this apply where you can file a lien?

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So reading your blog post: Scenario: Can You File A Mechanics Lien for Cleaning Services? At the end there are several instances that I believe I may have a stand on filing a Mechanics Lien please let me know if I am correct in my thinking. In the instance of a VRBO, Airbnb, Booking.com or any turn over "make Ready" improving service where it is a contribution to permanent improvement for the next paying guest and the guest is actually paying a cleaning fee to the owner and then the owner does not pay you for that one time cleaning! Does this apply where you can file a lien?

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Apr 19, 2019
That's an interesting question. As hinted at above, in order for mechanics lien rights to arise, there must be some permanent improvement to the property. Generally, this refers to construction work or construction-related work, and it refers to work that, once performed, has provided a lasting improvement to the property. Where the work or labor being done is recurring or maintenance-oriented (i.e. performing the work only once isn't sufficient to create lasting improvement to the property), that work generally won't result in lien rights. Further, while the removal of construction debris or construction project "cleanup" might result in lien rights, performing cleaning duties at a residence will very likely not provide the type of improvement contemplated by the Florida mechanics lien statute.
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