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What is a mechanics lien?
A lien is an encumbrance on one person's property to secure a debt the
property owner owes to another person. The statement that someone's property
is "tied up" describes the effect of mechanics liens on real
estate. Lien is a French word meaning "knot or binding"
that was brought to Britain with the French language during the Middle Ages, making
its way to the United States in its formative years. All 50 States now have
Statutes permitting the filing of mechanics liens on real property.
What does a mechanics
lien do for me?
In the modern sense, a mechanic's lien is a security interest in the title to property
for the benefit of those who have supplied labor or materials that improve the property.
It is similar to a
mortgage in that the property
usually cannot be sold unless
without the mechanics lien being
On what type of
property can a mechanics be filed?
Mechanics liens can be placed on real property, or land and buildings. Mechanics
liens are referred to by various names, including, construction lien, materialman's
lien or supplier's lien when referring to those supplying materials, a laborer's
lien when referring to those supplying labor, and a design professional's lien when
referring to architects or designers who contribute to a work of improvement.
What is the benefit
of filing a mechanics lien?
The benefit of filing a mechanics lien is that it provides a certain level of security
for the value of the labor or materials provided on a construction project.
Need more information?
In many States, a pre-lien notice or preliminary notice must be filed prior to or
with the filing of a mechanics lien. To find out more information on what
your State requires, visit our FAQ section.