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On 5/6/19 a mechanics lien was filed on a job my company did. We still have not recieved payment. When is the deadline to file a letter to enforce foreclosure?

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I filed a lien on 5/6/19 and we still havent recieved payment. So please inform me whatelse we can do to finally get payment asap. Does interest get added to the amount each month payment isn't recieved?

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Jul 29, 2019
Good question. Once a mechanics lien is filed, it must be enforced within a certain time period or the lien expires and becomes unenforceable. No mechanics lien lasts forever, but the specific deadline by which an enforcement action must be initiated depends on the state.

In Washington, a mechanics lien must be enforced within 8 months from the lien’s filing.This deadline may not be extended, and if this 8-month period passes without an action being filed to enforce the lien, the lien expires.

Enforcement of a mechanics lien is a full-blown lawsuit, it's an action that can result in foreclosure of the property itself. Accordingly, a lawyer should be obtained to assist.

Prior to the enforcement action being filed, however, it can sometimes help to send notice that a foreclosure action is being contemplated ("Notice of Intent to Foreclose") and will be initiated if payment is not forthcoming.
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