FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is a Mechanic's Lien?

    A Mechanic's Lien attaches the amount you are owed for materials or services rendered, to the title of the property in question. In other words, it prevents the property owner from selling, transferring title or refinancing said property. For those of you that have a mortgage on your property, your bank has a Lien or an interest for the amount borrowed. By filing a Mechanic's Lien you will have the same interest a bank does against the property in question.
  • What is a Public Improvement Lien?

    A Public Improvement Lien attaches the amount you are owed to a property owned by the state, county, city or town.
    A Municipality will hold back 150% of the value of your Public Improvement Lien from the General Contractor on the project until your lien has been satisfied.
  • Who may file a Mechanic's Lien?

    Materialman:
    Sells/Rents Construction Related Materials and Equipment.
    Including: Lumber, Drywall, Plumbing Materials, Electrical Materials, HVAC, Masonry Materials, Brick, Block, Concrete, Flooring, Sprinklers, Elevator Materials, Steel, Metal, Sewers, Shrubbery, Scaffolding, Dumpsters/Containers, etc.

    Laborer:
    The Party Installing the Above Materials.
    Including: Environmental Remediation, Tank Abatement, Asbestos Removal, Soil Samples, etc.

    Professional Services:
    Including: Architect (Licensed) Engineer (Licensed)
  • How much time do I have to file a Mechanic's Lien?

    New York Lien Law:
    (New York Liens, NY Liens, New York Construction Lien Claims)

    Services/Materials Rendered to:

    Single Family Homes, Single Condominium Apartments - Your lien must be filed no later than 120 days from the last date of service.
    Multi-Family Buildings, Cooperative Buildings, Commercial Buildings - Your lien must be filed no later than 8 months from the last date of service.




    New Jersey Lien Law:
    (New Jersey Liens, NJ Liens, New Jersey Construction Lien Claims)

    Your lien must be filed no later than 90 days from the last date of service to all commercial properties.




    Connecticut Lien Law:
    (Connecticut Liens, CT Liens, Connecticut Construction Lien Claims)

    Your lien must be filed no later than 90 days from the last date of service to all properties.
    Notice of Intent to Lien must be served prior to filing your Mechanic's Lien.




    Pennsylvania Lien Law:
    (PA Liens, Pennsylvania Construction Lien Claims)

    Services / Materials Rendered:
    Your lien must be filed no later than 6 months from the last date of services
    Notice of Intent to Lien must be served at least 30 days prior to filing your Mechanic's Lien Claim.



    Texas Lien Law:
    (Texas Liens, TX Liens, Texas Affidavit of Lien, Texas Construction Lien Claim, Texas Construction Lien Law)

    Services / Materials Rendered:

    General Contractor/Prime Contrator:
    - Commercial Property: Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 4th month from the last date of service.
    - Residential property:Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 3rd month from the last date of service.

    Sub Contractors:
    - Commercial Property: Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 4th month from the last date of service.
    - On Residential Property: Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 4th month from the last date of service.

    ** For all Properties: Sub Contractors must serve Notice of Intent no later than the 15th day of the 3rd month from the last date of service.**

    Sub to Sub-Contractors:
    - Commercial Property: Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 3rd month from the last date of service.
    - Residential Property: Your Lien must be filed no later than the 15th day of the 3rd month from the last date of service.

    **For all Properties: Sub to Sub-Contractors must serve Notice of Intent no later than the 15th day of the 2nd month from the last date of service.**


    California Lien Law:
    (California Liens, California Construction Lien Law, California Claim of Lien, California Construction Mechanic's Liens)

    Services / Materials Rendered:

    General Contractors:
    - The Prime Contractor must have their Claim of Lien filed no later than 90 Days from their last date of services.
    Sub-Contractors and Material Suppliers:
    - The Sub-Contractor must have the Claim of Lien filed no later than 90 days from last date of services. Must also serve Notice of Intent prior.   
    - A subcontractor or material supplier has 20 days after beginning work or delivering materials to serve a Preliminary Notice. If the notice is filed late - claimant loses lien rights for work done more than 20 days before the notice.



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  • Who gets notified that I filed a Mechanic's Lien?

    - The Owner of the Property.
    - The Party that hired you.
    - The General Contractor, if you were a Sub-Contractor to a Sub-Contractor.
  • We are owed money, now what?

    Hit the Orange Button and follow the instructions.