If you are facing a construction lien, you may want to consult with a professional to understand what is involved. Often times a construction lien is something that a mechanical or construction professional will use when dealing with residential homeowners in their specific line of work. The following information will discuss frequently asked questions regarding construction liens and what you should know about it. If you find that you have any further questions, contact your attorney to schedule for a consultation.
What Is a Construction Lien?
Also called a mechanics lien, a lien is typically placed by a contractor on a house that they are contracted to do work on. This lien can work like a mortgage does. The lien is filed with the local court and is reflected on the title of the home. It can prevent the owner of the home from being able to sell or refinance the home if the lien is still in place. A lien will only not be lifted on the home if the contractor is not paid for the services that are rendered.
Who is able to file a lien?
A lien can be filed by any person who has contributed to any labor, materials, or equipment that is incorporated or used at the construction project. This can include subcontractors, contractors, architects, engineers, landscapers, or any others who furnish services or materials for the project.
Are the lien laws the same in every state?
The lien laws will vary depending on what state you are in. What is valid in one state, may not be valid in another. Contact your attorney to find out what lien laws are valid in the state that you are in.
Are liens wiped out in foreclosures?
Often times, yes. Liens will be wiped out during a foreclosure. When the house is again purchased, the new owner will receive the title of the home and it will be free and clear of any liens that the previous owner had on it. If you were a subcontractor on the project, the only remedy left to collect your money is to sue the general contractor.
Consult with a Construction Lien Lawyer
The ins-and-outs of a construction lien can often be time consuming and complex. Contact the experienced professionals to assist you with your construction lien needs. Snellings Law LLC knows the dedicated and knowledgeable attorney that can help you to get the best possible outcome in your case. Call (973) 265-6100 today to schedule for you consultation!