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Washington, DC Mechanics Lien Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claim?

In Washington, D.C., liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic's Liens. When a Washington, D.C. mechanics 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 Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claim?

Contractors, as well as subcontractors can file a Washington, D.C. construction lien. If a company supplies material to a material supplier, they are not eligible to file a Washington, D.C. mechanics lien claim. If the project involves an owner occupied one or two family residence, then only a party having a direct contract with the owner can file a Washington, D.C. mechanics lien.

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Are pre-lien notices for Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claims required?

LienItNow strongly suggests providing the owner with a Notice of Furnishing at the start of the performance of your work, and a Notice of Intent to Lien prior to placing a lien on the property. These prelien notices often are enough to notify the owner of who is working on its property, and allows the owner to step in to resolve a dispute before a lien is filed.

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When should a Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claim be filed?

The Notice of Intent must be filed within 90 days after the earlier of the completion or termination of the project.

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How much does it cost to file a Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Washington, DC mechanics' liens (which includes a written notice of intent to claim a lien, if necessary, as well as a verified statement of lien) for a fee of $290.00.  Pre-notices are not included in the $290.00 price, but can be filed for a fee of $50.00.

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Do I need a written contract to file a Washington, D.C. mechanics lien claim?

No.  Oral contracts are sufficient if you have sufficient documentation to show the existence of an agreement or that you performed the work for which you are attempting to file a Washington, D.C. mechanics lien claim.

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How does filing a Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien Claim help me get my money?

On a private project, the Washington, D.C. mechanics' lien places an encumbrance on the property that makes it difficult to resell or re-finance the property without first removing the mechanics lien.

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What is a Washington, D.C. Stop Notice and why should it be filed

LienItNow.com prepares and serves Washington, DC 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 a Washington, D.C. Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Washington, DC Amendments to mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $250.00.  Amendments to a mechanics' lien claim are often needed when something about the lien 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 Washington, D.C. Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Washington, DC Discharges of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $85.00.  Once the lienor has been paid the amount contained in its 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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How much does it cost to file a Washington, D.C. Extension of a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves extensions of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $85.00.  All lien claims expire after a certain period of time, and filing an extension of the mechanics' lien claim prolongs the expiration date.  Washington, DC law, however, does not permit an extension of mechanics' lien claims.

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Can I file a Bond Claim on a Washington, D.C. Project?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Washington, DC Bond Claims for a fee of $275.00.  Bond claims can only be filed on a project where the owner, contractor or subcontractor has 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 are 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 Washington, D.C. payment bond?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Washington, DC 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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