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Is there a minimum dollar amount for a mechanics lien in Nevada? The lien was filed for $200, yet their math says $160.

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Roofer messed up the painter's finished work(paid and gone). I informed the roofer and I held back $200 till the paint was repaired. Roofer said it was cosmetic and did nothing but lien me! Lien says...Contract amount: $3,180...payments of $3,004 Amount of lien after offsets and payments $200...going by the math I owe $176

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Aug 20, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about that. Under the Nevada Revised Code, there does not appear to be a minimum lien amount. § 108.2214 defines a "lien claimant" as a person "who provides work, material or equipment with a value of $500 or more..." - however, this does not appear to be stated as a minimum lien amount. Regarding an inflated amount: Nevada liens might include reasonable overhead and profit, but attorney fees, collection costs, and interest amounts are not allowed.It's worth noting, though, that Nevada statute has some safeguards to protect residential owners from liens popping up "out of nowhere." Particularly, Nevada residential projects require a claimant send both a Notice of Right to Lien (preliminary notice) within 31 days of first working on a job as well as a Notice of Intent to Lien at least 15 days prior to recording the lien itself. If either notice was not sent, or if a lien amount is improper, a mechanics lien will likely be invalid. You can learn more about the requirements of a Nevada mechanics lien here: Nevada Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know. This article may also be helpful: A Mechanics Lien Was Filed on My Property – What Do I Do Now? Finally, when a mechanics lien filing has occurred, it's usually wise to consult a local construction attorney familiar with lien law. They will be able to assess the situation (including relevant documentation and communications) and advise on how to move forward.
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