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A Construction Lien (Mechanics Lien), to put it simply, is an instrument to ensure contractors and suppliers get paid for the work they have completed. A construction lien is a document that is served and filed with a county to hold a security interest in a real property for unpaid bills arising from a construction project or other form of work of improvement.
The creditor – contractor or supplier – has the right to file a lien on the property if the bill is not paid within a specified period of time. The lien will “cloud” the property title and make it difficult for the owner to sell or refinance until the lien has been satisfied. If the contractor or supplier is still not paid after filing the lien, in order to obtain the amount owed, they can enforce the lien by filing a lawsuit to foreclose on the property.
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With our easy-to-use online system you can send a notice or file a lien in a few minutes per project. Sign up with Perfekt and be sure that your lien rights are protected.
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Once you have signed up for your free account, there are a few things we will need from you:
After You Submit A Service Order, Perfekt Will Take It From There
We'll Track The Project
Perfekt tracks the project through the entire construction lien process.
Perfekt researches the property’s legal description and owners.
We'll Make It Perfect
Perfekt compiles and perfects the notice and lien forms.
Perfekt collects signatures and notarizes the construction lien (if needed).
Serve The Documents
Perfekt serves the proper documents to the homeowner.
File With The County
Perfekt files the construction lien with the county (if needed).
Perfekt distributes copies of the notice and lien forms to all parties involved.
Perfekt archives the construction lien and postal proof.
Perfekt monitors the project’s statutory deadlines.
Perfekt alerts you when it’s time to escalate services to maintain lien rights.
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A lien is a legal document that is utilized by contractors, suppliers and others that work in the construction industry to secure payment for work completed that creates an improvement to a property. In order to have lien rights, a construction professional must make an improvment to a property either through labor and or materials; to maintain those lien rights, a construction professional must follow steps and procedures according to state statutes. A mechanics lien or construction lien is filed at the county against the property itself. A lien will cloud title until it has been satisfied through a lien satisfaction. For many instances, there are steps prior to the lien that are required. These steps differ from state to state. Liens need to be filed with the county within a certain timeline. This timeline is called the statutory timeline, which often differs from state to state.
When managing lien rights, filing the lien is a crucial step if you have not yet been paid. Filing a perfected (valid) construction lien is required to foreclose on a property in the event of non-payment for the contribution of labor and/or material to the improvement of a property. The process of managing lien rights increases the likelihood of payment, and if you have been paid, there is no reason to foreclose.
Mechanics lien, Construction lien
Construction professionals often are creditors on projects, as they front the labor and materials to complete a job before being paid fully. Filing a perfected (valid) construction lien is required to foreclose on a property in the event of non-payment for the contribution of labor and/or material to the improvement of a property. If you have not been paid on a job, managing and perfecting your lien rights can be effective in releasing the flow of funds.
The statutory timelines differ from state to state. Refer to our resources tab to see if we service your state and what the requirements are for that state. Often there are steps required prior to the lien (often a prelien and possibly a notice or intent) that must be completed within the proper statutory timeline before a lien can be filed. If there are prior required steps and they are not executed within the statutory timeline, lien rights are forfeited and a valid perfected lien can not be placed on the property.
A lien is filed against a property’s title at the county. The county it is filed with, is the county where the property resides. A copy is sent out via certified mail or certified return receipt mail (depending on which state the work has been done in) to the property owner. Copies are also sent to our clients and the hiring party that hired them for the job.
As a best business practice, every subcontractor and material supplier should have a lien management policy. This should include a dollar threshold for serving prelien notices and filing liens. The time to pull the trigger to file a lien might be tied to the terms of your invoices.
If you are a construction professional and have completed work improving a property, and have not been paid for the improvement, and you have maintained your lien rights, filing a lien may be the next step. Filing a perfected (valid) construction lien is required to foreclose on a property in the event of non-payment for the contribution of labor and/or material to the improvement of a property.
Once you’ve been paid, filing a satisfaction with the county is the next step. Be mindful if payment has been fully processed or not before satisfying a lien (sometimes checks bounce).
An amended lien is filed if a lien has already been filed and the dollar amounts and/or work ending dates change. An amended lien is filed with the county and updates the previous lien with the new dollar amount and/or the change in dates.
First date of work on the job, last date of work, property address, dollar amount for job (dollar amount should be accurate as it should be for work completed), labor and or materials supplied to job, and the party that hired you for the project.