What is a Mechanic’s Lien and How Does It Work?

Being a construction contractor then we know that you work hard every day on many projects to earn a living. Or if you provide materials to a work site and love to see buildings going up with your windows on the side. In many of these situations, you are a hard worker, get paid what you are owed and then you go home at the end of the day.

Don’t get paid

But there are times where some people don’t pay you. While there are many reasons for this, the law offers a process that you can use to file a mechanics lien attached to the property until the time you are paid what is owed to you. Your job was to do certain work, not to offer supplementary financing for any project. This is where mechanics lien laws are a way for you to enforce your contract and certify that you get paid. To find out more on this type of law visit here.

Legal claim

A mechanics lien is a legal claim that a contractor was not paid, and as someone who worked on a piece of that property or provided materials to, can file against the title of that property until they get paid what they are owed. This applies to both real property like commercial buildings, garages and houses as well as personal property like equipment that is large, AC systems and other fixtures.

Who are claimants?

In most cases, mechanics lien claimants are subcontractors, general contractors, or suppliers of building materials. The claimants file documents with the county that will be attached to the title for that property informing everyone who is looking at this property that there is a debt on this property that is unsettled. When the property is sold, a mechanic lien against the title must be cleared prior to the owner being paid; giving property owners a motivation to keep all payments up to date in order to stop these type liens.

Attorneys needed

There are attorneys in this type of law that will help any contractor to file the necessary papers to put a lien on the property. It is important to have an attorney since filing a mechanics lien is different in every state, so it is important to know the law in place in each state.