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We are a Computer Repair business in Swainsboro, GA. If a customer fails to collect their computer and pay costs, do we need to go through the Georgia Mechanics Lien procedures before disposing of the PC to recover our costs, or is there a simpler more streamlined process?

4 months ago

We are a Computer Repair business in Swainsboro, GA. If a customer fails to collect their computer and pay costs, do we need to go through the Georgia Mechanics Lien procedures before disposing of the PC to recover our costs, or is there a simpler more streamlined process?

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That’s a really interesting question. Generally, mechanics lien rights are available for those who perform construction-related work which permanently improves real property. So, work that’s done on personal property rather than real property, and work that’s not construction-related will generally not give rise to mechanics lien rights.

Here at the Levelset Expert Center, we focus on construction law and the laws surrounding construction payment – so I think you’re question is a bit outside of our expertise. For more information on your situation and what options might be available, these resources might be more helpful: Avvo.com and JustAnswer.com.

Note, though, that before taking any action to dispose of or destroy a customer’s property, it’s a good idea to first look over the contract for work to determine what rights may or may not be available. Plus, regardless of whether it’s required, it’s probably a good idea to provide final notice to the owner of the property.

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