Contractor Loses Construction Lien Rights for Job

According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, a contractor who provided a substantial amount of improvements to a church construction job lost his lien rights due to a late sworn statement.  The sworn statement was provided after the start of litigation rather than before the engagement of litigation, which is stated in the requirements of the Michigan construction Lien Act.

The contractor did appeal the decision, but the appellate court stated that there was clear language stated in the act, which stated that a suit cannot be enforced until a sworn statement was provided.