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Where do I file a lien on a project?

Lien Affidavits must be filed in the Property Records Office of the county where the project is located.

I filed a lien and I still didn’t get paid.

If you are unable to settle your dispute, you must seek the assistance of an attorney and file a lawsuit.Your lien rights will generally expire if a lawsuit to foreclose is not filed within 2 years of the last day you were able to file a lien under the rules, or within 1 year after completion, termination, or abandonment of the work under the original contract under which the lien is claimed, whichever is later.

What should I do after getting paid?

If you get paid after filing a lien on a property, you will very likely be requested to “remove the lien” or sign a lien release. The lien release demonstrates that the debt was fully paid or was settled. The lien release must be filed with the County Property Records where the original lien affidavit was filed and signed by the entity who filed the lien in the first place.After receiving the written request for a lien release, the contractor is required to either file or send the lien release to the project owner within ten (10) days.

When should I file a lien as a general (original) contractor?

Sometimes, contractors are not aware that when they have a direct contract with the project owner, they are not required to send notices of intent to lien (or pre-lien notices). Original contractors have a constitutional right to file a lien directly without giving any notice to anyone. They do however, must file the lien no later than the 15th day of the 4th month after ANY the following events happened during the execution of the contract:a) Written Terminationb) Abandonment of Projectc) Settlement or;d) Completion of the ContractUnlike mechanic’s liens filed by subcontractors where they must file a lien per each month that goes unpaid, general contractors only need to file one lien claiming for one grand total owed. And must also send a copy of the recorded lien affidavit to the owner within 5 calendar days following the date the lien affidavit was recorded with the county clerk.Below is a chart with the deadline to file a lien for each month of the year.IMPORTANT, IF THE 15th OF THE MONTH FALLS ON A WEEKEND OR A HOLIDAY, THE LAST DAY TO FILE A LIEN WILL ALWAYS MOVE TO THE EARLIEST BUSINESS DAY.

Can I file a lien if my contract is with who is leasing or renting the property?

The project owner is who hired the general contractor and/or subcontractors to perform labor or services to a construction or repair project. If this person or company does not own the property but is only leasing or renting it, this is still the person you must list as the project owner. However, the real owner of the property should also receive copies of all documents since the lien will be attached to this person’s property.

What should I do if the contract is with someone who is renting or leasing the property?

The project owner is who hired the general contractor and/or subcontractors to perform labor or services to a construction or repair project. If this person or company does not own the property but is only leasing or renting it, this is still the person you must list as the project owner. However, the real owner of the property should also receive copies of all documents since the lien will be attached to this person’s property.

What if my contract is NOT directly with the owner of the property?

The project owner is who hired the general contractor and/or subcontractors to perform labor or services to a construction or repair project. If this person or company does not own the property but is only leasing or renting it, this is still the person you must list as the project owner. However, the real owner of the property should also receive copies of all documents since the lien will be attached to this person’s property.

Is the project owner the same as the property owner?

No, they are not necessarily the same. The project owner is who hired the general contractor and/or subcontractors to perform labor or services to a construction or repair project and whose name is in the contract. This person or entity could be only leasing the property you are working on and not really own it.