Home>Levelset Community>Legal Help>Trying to understand the Lien law for the State of Pennsylvania. If a notice of intent is given to customer. Does this extend the days that we have in order to file a Mechanics Lien?
Trying to understand the Lien law for the State of Pennsylvania. If a notice of intent is given to customer. Does this extend the days that we have in order to file a Mechanics Lien?
I've entered a Mechanic's Lien but was wondering if the state of PA has an extension when a notice of intent is filed.
Feb 15, 2019
That's a good question, and it's one we get fairly often at the Expert Center!
In Pennsylvania, parties who have not contracted with the property owner must provide a Notice of Intent to Lien at least 30 days prior to filing their mechanics lien claim. The reason being, when a Notice of Intent is received a full month prior to the deadline for a lien filing, hopefully, the parties will be able to resolve their issues prior to the lien's actual filing.
Regardless - sending a Notice of Intent to Lien will not extend the deadline to file a Pennsylvania mechanics lien. So, if it looks like a lien claim might become necessary, Pennsylvania subcontractors, suppliers, sub-subs, etc. should likely send a Notice of Intent to Lien well before the deadline to do so in order to comply with the Pennsylvania mechanics lien statute.
For more on Pennsylvania's mechanics lien and notice rules, this resource should be helpful: Pennsylvania Lien & Notice FAQs. For more on the actual filing of a Pennsylvania lien claim, this resource should be valuable: How to File a Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien.