North Carolina Changes to Mechanics Lien Law Requires New Forms of Service

In North Carolina, beginning January 1, 2013, all claims of lien on real property must be served on the owner, and a claim of lien on real property asserted by a subcontractor or supplier by subrogation must be served upon the contractor as well as the owner. Prior law allowed a North Carolina claim of lien […]

Breaking News: North Carolina’s Poorly Drafted Lien Laws Spur Title Insurance to Refuse Coverage

A nonsensical system for mechanics lien filing currently exists in North Carolina: the State does not permit (absent certain circumstances) the filing of a mechanics lien by anyone without a direct contract with the owner. However, the State does permit mechanics liens by subcontractors, suppliers, etc., but only requires that the construction lien be served, not […]

North Carolina Court Holds that Waivers Affect Mechanics Lien Rights

Be careful when signing waivers: they do exactly what they say they do: they can waive your rights to money and the right to file a mechanics lien. In Wachovia Bank v. Superior Construction Corporation the court found that a waiver submitted in connection with a progress payment waived rights to make North Carolina mechanics lien claims […]