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Wisconsin Lien Resources

Perfekt proudly serves the construction industry in Wisconsin.

These are resources from the professionals at Perfekt to help you understand Your State Lien Rights in Wisconsin.

F.A.Q's

Your Questions Answered

In Wisconsin, for residential construction, a prelien is required to maintain lien rights and must be sent within 60 days of the first date of work on a job. A notice of intent is also required in Wisconsin, and since it requires 30 days from being sent before a lien can be filed, sending a NOI within 5 months of the last date of work would be the latest to still allow time for a lien to be filed. A lien must be filed by or before 6 months after the last date of work. A prelien may be sent as soon as day 1 of working on the project. A NOI can be sent as soon as day 1 after the last date of work. A lien may be sent as early as the 31st day after your last date of work on the project if a NOI was sent at day 1 from the last date of work. A satisfaction may be filed with the county if a lien had been filed, and the money owed was either paid or some other deal was struck. Commercial construction does not require a prelien.

On residential projects a prelien must be sent within 60 days of the first date of work on a project, unless the hiring party is the same as the owner. If the hiring party is the same as the owner, the prelien must be sent within 10 days of the first date of work. Commerical projects do not require a prelien. A notice of intent is sent after the last date of work, and it states that a lien may be filed 30 days after the notice of intent to lien was sent. A lien, whether commercial or residential, must be filed with the county within 6 months from the last date of work.

A prelien in Wisconsin must be sent via certified mail before or by day 60 from the first date of work, unless directly contracted with the property owner for a residential project. If directly contracted with the residential property owner, a prelien must be sent out by day 10 of the first date of work. If the property is commercial, a prelien is not required but can still be sent, unless that property is less than 10,000 square feet. If the commercial project is less than 10,000 square feet it is deemed as a residential project according to Wisconsin state statute.

A notice of intent is sent after the last date of work, and it states that a lien may be filed 30 days after the notice of intent to lien was sent. Since a lien must be filed in Wisconsin within 6 months after the last date of work, sending a NOI within 5 months of the last date of work would be the latest to still allow time for a lien to be filed.

A satisfaction in Minnesota is filed with the county that the lien was filed at, which is the county that the property resides in. A satisfaction satisfies the lien and removes it from the property, creating a clean title (if there are no other liens on it). A satisfaction can only be filed if a lien was filed. If there was never a lien filed, there is nothing to satisfy utilizing a satisfaction.

A satisfaction in Wisconsin is filed with the county that the lien was filed at, which is the county that the property resides in. A satisfaction satisfies the lien and removes it from the property, creating a clean title (if there are no other liens on it). A satisfaction can only be filed if a lien was filed. If there was never a lien filed, there is nothing to satisfy utilizing a satisfaction.

In Wisconsin, a preliminary bond notice must be sent within 60 days from the first date of work. A bond claim must be sent within 6 months from the last date of work. A bond claim is for public projects that you wouldn’t foreclose on, such as government buildings, libraries, schools, park buildings (athletics). The bond claim is sent to the surety company and is claimed on the surety payment bond for the project. A copy of the bond is needed for a bond claim. A copy of the payment bond has the project name, bond number, general contractor who took out the bond, property owner and surety company responsible for paying the bond claims.

The first date of work is the first day that labor and/or materials arrive at the job site for the improvement of the property

The last date of work is the last day labor and/or materials are on the job site for the improvement of a property.

A notice of intent in Wisconsin needs the property address, property owner and address (found through county research), hiring party name and address, first date of work, last date of work, the lien amount (amount still owed), and description of the labor and/or materials.

A lien in Wisconsin needs the property address, the legal description (which may be found through the research at the county), property owner name and address (found through research and pulling deed), hiring party name and address, first date of work, last date of work, the lien amount (amount still owed), and description of the labor and/or materials. Before it can be filed with the county, a signature is required from an officer in the construction professional company filing the lien and it must be notarized. Once all this information is compiled in documents according to state statutes, it can then be filed at the county.

A satisfaction of lien in Wisconsin requires a signature from an officer of the construction professional company that filed the lien, as well as the address and legal description of the property, and the lien filing date and document number. If you filed the lien utilizing Perfekt’s services, the address and legal description of the property, and the lien filing date and document number will already be in Perfekt’s system.

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