Mechanics Lien

This page brings you the latest articles about mechanics liens written by construction payment experts. A mechanics lien is a legal document that places a security interest on the title to a property. A lien is a helpful tool for contractors or suppliers that aren’t paid for the work or services they have provided to a project or property.

A mechanics lien is also known as a construction lien, property lien, claim of lien, laborer’s lien, contractor’s lien, or supplier’s lien. In one state, it’s even called a “Statement of Claim and Privilege.”

In general, anyone contributing improvements to a property (by labor or materials) has the right to file a lien. This is known as “lien rights.” Every state has different requirements for protecting lien rights.

Lien filing requirements, including deadlines, types of documents, and document formatting differ in every state. It’s crucial to file a mechanics lien on time and with proper supporting documentation. A contractor can have their lien denied due to simple mistakes, even if they protected their lien rights properly. Browse the articles about mechanics liens below, or ask a question about mechanics liens at the Expert Center to learn how to use mechanics liens to get paid.

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