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Home>Levelset Community>Legal Help>In the State of Ohio, the Contractor that we performed work for has been paid in full by the owner of the property. This Contractor has not paid anything to us yet and keeps promising to at least make payments. The owner of the property has fired them as a vendor because they keep receiving calls about payments for work performed by his subcontractors on the project, asking if he has been paid. I do not know who to lien, the Owner or the Contractors business, home, etc.?

In the State of Ohio, the Contractor that we performed work for has been paid in full by the owner of the property. This Contractor has not paid anything to us yet and keeps promising to at least make payments. The owner of the property has fired them as a vendor because they keep receiving calls about payments for work performed by his subcontractors on the project, asking if he has been paid. I do not know who to lien, the Owner or the Contractors business, home, etc.?

OhioMechanics Lien

I am a subcontractor to a contractor that has not been paid on a project he has been paid in full. Who do I file a lien against?

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Sep 6, 2018
I'm sorry to hear you've gone unpaid, and this is a question we get fairly often at the Construction Legal Center. When filing a mechanics lien, the lien is filed against the property where work was performed - regardless of who is at fault for nonpayment. This is because a mechanics lien ties to the underlying property rather than to any contract or individual. By filing a lien, a right to the property is established. Of course, both your customer and the property owner will appear on the form. If you'd like to take a look at what the Ohio mechanics lien form looks like, you can download it (for free!) here: Ohio Mechanics Lien Form.
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