What would it cost me to file five liens, and 2) can I still file a lien in Kansas since I did not get an intent to lien signed ahead of time?
I have two designers that owe us on five different properties.

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Regarding an intent to lien
Kansas is not a state that requires a Notice of Intent to Lien be sent – so, if that’s what you’re referring to by an “intent to lien”, then failure to send a Notice of Intent would have no effect on a Kansas mechanics lien claim.

If you’re referring to a Kansas Notice of Intent to Perform – that document must be filed in order to preserve the right to lien on 1-2 family residential projects when the project is a new construction.

However, this notice doesn’t have to be signed by anyone other than the party filing the notice. And, to be sure – this notice is only required for 1-2 family residential jobs that are being newly built. So, for commercial jobs or for work done on an existing residential structure, the failure to file a Notice of Intent to Perform wouldn’t have any effect on the right to lien.

Note, though, that a Notice of Intent to Perform doesn’t have a particularly strict deadline. Rather, it must be filed before a mechanics lien is filed, and it must be filed before the deed to the new property is recorded which passes the title to the new property. So, potentially, a lien claimant might still be able to file a Notice of Intent to Perform before filing their lien – even if it’s not at the start of the job.

For more information on Kansas mechanics liens and notices: (1) Kansas Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs; and (2) About Kansas Preliminary Notices.

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