I asked: Can a lien be placed on someone who has purchase rights/transfer rights to a property for development? You replied: "Under § 2A: 44A-2 of the mechanics lien statute, an “owner” or “owner of real property” refers to "any person, including a tenant, with an interest in real property who personally or through an authorized agent enters into a contract for improvement of the real property." A few lines down, the statute defines "Public Entity" separately and does not include that term within the definition of an "owner". Thus, it's probably safe to assume that for the purposes of filing a mechanics lien, a public entity will not be considered an owner of lienable property under New Jersey statute. Further, under § 2A: 44A-5 of the New Jersey lien statute, titled "Prohibited Liens and Claims", the statute states "No liens shall attach nor shall a lien claim be filed...b. For public works or improvements to real property contracted for and awarded by a public entity..." Thus, it would appear that while project property is publicly owned, a mechanics lien filing on that property would likely not be valid or appropriate. " However, the project is NOT a public project. It is currently already committed to be purchased by private sale, via a resolution already approved by the city. It is not a PUBLIC PROJECT it is simply a City-owned property that is now being sold/transferred/deeded to the developer who hired us for architectural services and who hired us for the site planning zoning submission which was approved for development (under my NJ architectural license). So in this case, can I put a lien on the private interests of the developer via the property, which he now and soon will be the owner of?