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Frequently Asked Questions - Connecticut Mechanics Lien

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What is a Connecticut mechanics' lien ?

Liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as mechanics' liens . In Connecticut, when a construction lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property.

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Who can file a Connecticut construction lien claim?

Contractors who have a contract with an owner as well as subcontractors and suppliers who have a contract with a contractor can file a lien. Design professionals may also file liens.

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Are pre-lien notices required in order to file a Connecticut mechanics lien?

LienItNow strongly recommends that anyone performing work on a construction project in Connecticut provide a Prelien Notice to the Owner when work commences. This helps the owner to know who is on the project, and often can help with payment. Connecticut requires that a Notice of Intent to lien be served for those who do not have a direct agreement with the owner for the work or materials/services provided. A Notice of intent to lien must be served after work has commenced but no later than 90 days after work has ceased.

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Can you file a Connecticut mechanics lien without a pre-notice?

A Notice of Intent warns the owner that a Connecticut Mechanic's Lien will be filed, and a Notice of Intent to Lien is required by Connecticut statutes. The Notice of Intent needs to be sent to the owner prior to recording a mechanics lien in order to meet the statutory notice of lien requirements.

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When does a Connecticut Mechanics Lien have to be filed in Connecticut?

Connecticut mechanics' liens on private property must be filed within 90 days of the last date the lienor provided materials or services to the Project.

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How much does it cost to file a Connecticut mechanics' lien ?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Connecticut mechanics' liens for a fee of $290.00.

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Do I need a written contract to file a Connecticut Mechanics Lien?

In Connecticut, the lien claim must arise out of an agreement with, or the consent of, the owner, or of some person having authority to act on behalf of the owner.

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How does filing a Connecticut mechanics' lien help me get my money?

The mechanics' lien places an encumbrance on the property that makes it difficult to resell or re-finance the property without first removing the lien.

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What is a Connecticut Stop Notice and why should it be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares and serves Connecticut Stop Notices for a fee of $125.00. A Stop Notice is a notification that has the ability to enhance the effectiveness of a mechanic's lien. A Stop Notice, or a notice to withhold funds, is sent to the company that is financing or funding the construction funds for a project. Once that company receives the Stop Notice, that company has notice that it should withhold sufficient money to satisfy the stop notice claim. The purpose of the Stop Notice is to provide the lender, financiers or funders of the construction project notice that there is money owed to a contractor, subcontractor or supplier so that an inquiry can be made as to why that money is not being paid.

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What is an Connecticut Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Connecticut Amendments to mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $250.00. Amendments to a mechanics' lien claim are often needed when something about the claim changes. Common changes to a lien claim are increases or reductions in the amount due to the lienor, or a change to the last date of work.

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When should a Connecticut Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Connecticut Discharges of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $85.00. Once the lienor has been paid the amount contained in its mechanics lien claim, or has come to an agreement that requires the lien claim to be removed from the property records, a Discharge of mechanics' lien Claim should be filed.

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Can I file a Bond Claim on a Connecticut Project?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Connecticut Bond Claims for a fee of $275.00. Bond claims can only be filed on a project where the owner, contractor or subcontractor have obtained a payment bond to ensure that every contractor receives payment for the work performed on the Project. The payment bonds issued by sureties for construction projects have specific timing requirements, but most require claimants to submit claims against the bond within sixty to ninety days from the claimants' last date of work. Bond claims as or more effective than a lien claim because the payment bond acts as a guarantee that payment will be made for work properly completed.

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Do I need to file a Pre-Notice to make a claim against a Connecticut payment bond?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Connecticut Pre-Notices for bond claims for a fee of $50.00. Depending on the terms of the payment bond, pre-notices may or may not be required. LienItNow.com recommends that, prior to or immediately after starting work or delivering materials to a project, subcontractors and suppliers, file a pre-notice that it is a potential beneficiary of the construction project's bond.

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