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Is a mechanics lien or equivalent an option for work done on a mobile home in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, FL?

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I have substantially completed work on a mobile home in St. Pete (Pinellas County) FL. I've had a falling out with my partner who is the title holder on the home which is in a Mobile Home Park where they lease the lots. The purpose of partnering with her was that I would cover the renovation costs and execution and she would sell the unit. Proceeds were to go first to our respective out of pocket expenses and then split 50/50. The partner has become very upset to me and kicked me off the jobsite. Meanwhile, she is agreed to pay me back my expenses. Do I have a method of lien filing to hold her feet to the fire upon sale?

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Jun 29, 2018
That's an interesting question, and I'm sorry to hear about your trouble. Mechanics liens are available for those provide construction labor, services, and/or material for the improvement of real property. The term "real property" refers to land (and to buildings and permanent improvements on that land). If improvements have been made that are permanently attached to the ground, a mechanics lien might be an appropriate remedy. However, mere improvements to a mobile home unit will very likely not give rise to mechanics lien rights. Further, while a mechanics lien does go a long way to slowing a prospective sale, manipulating lien rights, if even available, merely to stop a potential sale might not be a great idea. This is particularly true in a situation where lien rights might not necessarily be an appropriate remedy. However, that doesn't mean the threat of a mechanics lien would not be effective. A warning or demand letter - like a Notice of Intent to Lien - can be effective even when there's a question as to whether lien rights would actually exist for a given project.
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