Idaho Mechanics Lien Questions

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Mechanics Lien
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We have a new construction residential build. At the recommendation of friends, we chose a different stonemason than our GC usually uses and we have been managing him directly. We have no contract with him. We signed the original estimate of $17,500 and paid a materials deposit of $8,000. Issues with the workmanship occurred and he became very defensive and difficult to deal with. Everything from that point forward occurred through email, with his girlfriend we think writing them. They proposed a final price that included a discount of $2,000 and we agreed to that amount and they termed it the "the final price of the project is $13,752." This is in addition to the $8000 materials payment we had already made. He then finished the rest of the project. We asked for receipts for all the materials and in gathering those he realized the materials cost was $2500 more than he had factored into that "final price of the project." He said he was unaware how much the difference was until then and demanded we pay for it. We negotiated some of that down, but he is still pushing back on more of it and we feel we have used good faith but are no longer interested in negotiating with him. We did not agree to any cost overruns in advance above the $13,752 + $8,000. It feels like the extra materials is a bait and switch. We want to push back and say that the only thing we agreed to was the $13,752 and that is now all we will pay. However, we are concerned that he will put a lien on our build if he does not get the full amount he is now demanding. Negotiating it down, it sits at $1,000 more than the $13,752. So we are talking about not that much in the big picture. We also simply cannot afford to get into a legal fight with him or deal with a lien waiver. On principle, it feels wrong to cave to his demands (especially given his tone and previous conduct), but we also do not know if it is worth the fight. I have multiple debilitating health issues, am recovering from cancer and we are trying to finish building a home with my husband doing most of the remainder of the work himself. We have a lot of other things to be doing with our time, energy and money. So, we are trying to determine if there is any wisdom in pushing back and saying we are not obligated to pay for any costs above what we agreed to at the $13,752 balance due. So I suppose to make a better decision, we would like to know: Without an explicit contract, are we legally obligated to pay for anything a tradesman brings to us after the fact that he did not disclose and get approval for in advance? I have not been able to find a license number for him. Are stonemasons in Idaho licensed? If not and he does not have a license, can he file a mechanic's lien? We are trusting souls who clearly made a bad decision. We just want to be treated fairly and find peace with all of this. Thank you for any help or guidance you can provide. Gratefully, Kathy...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentMay 20, 2021
IdahoMechanics Lien
I just found out a contractor we hired placed a lien on our property. I was told by our mortgage company it was filed in December. I was never notified and we do not owe him the amount of money he is requesting. There were so many things wrong on the job that we back charged him to fix the items he also agreed to deduct $4000 from the balance due and yet his lien is now including that amount. How do I fight back... I have never received anything from the courts or anything???...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentMar 23, 2021
IdahoMechanics Lien
We recently completed work on a project and the GC has gone out of business at the end of the project. we have been in contact with the developer of the property and have now invoiced them directly for the remaining balance. Do we need to change anything in our lien filing to reflect this change?...Read More
Dave Lawes
1 answerAdd commentDec 23, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
I am a insulation contractor and i was hired to do a new construction job. Home owners paid partial payment, but are refusing to make the remaining payment. Not sure what kind of lien if I need to do a mechanics lien?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 24, 2020
IdahoMechanics LienRight to Lien
Idaho does require preliminary noice signed before contract. I know because Opposing cancel had my lien dismissed because of the misleading information I read....Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentDec 12, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
A sprinkler contractor performed work on my home sprinkler system, but ended up doing more damage to it. I fired that company and refused to pay them for the work they performed. I then hired another company to repair the damage done. The first contractor filed a lien for services performed 4 months after they were last on my property. Is this lien enforceable and do I need to pay this company?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentSep 28, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
I am a residential painting contractor in Idaho. I understand there is no prelim requirement for me as a sub contractor on residential remodel projects, though the GC is required to submit one to the homeowner himself. If the GC failed to provide his required notice, do I lose my lien rights as a sub? And if not, are there any requirements for me to proceed on my own without the GC?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentAug 27, 2020
IdahoLien DeadlinesMechanics LienRight to Lien
Hello I work for a construction company and we work as a subcotractor for anther larger company sometimes and I was wondering how long the cotractor can withhold payment from us. The longest they have gone without paying has been 2 years and they still have not paid for that job. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentAug 14, 2020
IdahoMechanics LienSlow Payment
In Idaho a electrical contractor gave me a verbal bid of 2800. He tried to bill me for twice as much and still had not completed the job. Then I had to hire someone else to finish it because he was demanding I pay another 2000 before he finished and discovered he did it wrong ...he had electrical plan and there shouldn’t have been any ?’s. Have proof of emails before work etc. He held up progress of the job and lost me a lot of money overall. He never said there was going to be a change order in cost. Walls closed and painted and he then he was exposed that he did it wrong. Now he’s putting a lien on my house after I’ve already paid him 3/4 of the project fees in progress payments. I have to pay at least 2500 to get it done to code. What do I do?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 4, 2020
IdahoConstruction ContractMechanics Lien
We have a CAT 548 Log Loader machine on a logging project in Idaho currently out on a rent to own option plan. Is this lienable?...Read More
Anonymous Equipment Lessor
1 answerAdd commentApr 28, 2020
IdahoMechanics LienRight to Lien
I am a subcontractor on a large residential job. The owner of the property and the general contractor had a significant falling out and are now in a legal battle. The job was only about 3/4 done and I have still not been paid on about $25k that is owed for work done so I filed a lien. The owner is now threatening to sue all the subcontractors. I am confident my work was good and I passed all of my inspections. I am sure the owner is simply trying to get out of paying, but should I retain an attorney to protect myself just in case?...Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
1 answerAdd commentApr 28, 2020
IdahoMechanics LienRecovery Options
We are supplying two generators to a mining company in Challis, Idaho and would like to understand if a mechanics lien is an option....Read More
Anonymous Equipment Lessor
1 answerAdd commentApr 17, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
Are there general guidelines for when you can and cannot file a mechanics lien on supplied equipment when it is located on a Mining property? Are these guidelines state specific?...Read More
Anonymous Equipment Lessor
1 answerAdd commentApr 15, 2020
IdahoMechanics Lien
We provide heavy equipment rentals to other industries outside of just construction. Could you expand on whether or not mechanic's liens would be applicable in Ag, Mining, or Logging industries? Are they also state specific?...Read More
Anonymous Equipment Lessor
1 answerAdd commentApr 15, 2020
IdahoMechanics LienRight to Lien