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What is a mechanic’s lien used for?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2021 | Construction Law |

A mechanic’s lien is an important legal tool to help ensure construction companies and other service providers are paid for the work they perform. Construction companies should understand the details of mechanic’s liens and how they may be able to help them.

What is a mechanic’s lien used for?

A mechanic’s lien is a lien placed on the property of a customer to ensure the services rendered on the customer’s property, including repairs and improvements, are paid for. Mechanic’s liens can be used by a variety of service providers including construction companies; general contractors; subcontractors; construction workers; carpenters; plumbers; landscapers; painters; and car mechanics.

There are certain requirements that mechanic’s liens must meet to be considered valid. The party filing the mechanic’s lien and the timing of when the lien is filed matters. The property owner may also require a lien waiver by the contractor and subcontractor to prevent unpaid subcontractors from going after them with a mechanic’s lien rather than going after the construction company for unpaid work. It is important for the construction company or service provider filing the lien to be familiar with the timing requirements in their state. The mechanic’s lien must also be filed on the correct property in question. The correct property is the property that was improved by the construction company or other service provider.

Construction companies know how important it is that they are paid for their work which is true of any of the service providers that may consider using a mechanic’s lien to ensure payment. For that reason, construction companies should be familiar with how construction laws can help them and know how to file a mechanic’s lien when needed.


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