Frequently Asked Questions - Iowa Mechanics Lien BBB Business Review

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What is an Iowa mechanics' lien claim?

Iowa mechanics liens are documents that are filed against a property, essentially making a claim against that property. In the construction context, mechanics liens in Iowa are used when an agreement exists for work to be performed to improve property and the person doing the work is not paid for their services. If a contractor, subcontractor or supplier is owed money for work labor or materials provided for the improvement of a property, they may be entitled to file a lien on the property. The filing of the lien on a property will allow the person filing the lien (the lienor), to sell the real estate or to be paid out of proceeds of a sale. A construction lien filed also makes it difficult for the owner to finance or refinance a property. Mechanics liens are not automatic: they must be filed with the local recorder's office in order to be effective.

Depending on the type of construction project being built, Iowa has different requirements and different types of lien claims. Iowa liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic's Liens. When a mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. Construction liens do not attach to publicly owned property in Iowa . If title to the land is held by the state or a political subdivision thereof, no mechanics' lien right is afforded. Projects performed by industrial development boards, however, are not considered publicly owned property, and therefore a mechanics' lien can be filed on industrial development board property.

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Who can file an Iowa mechanics' lien Claim?
Are pre-lien notices for an Iowa mechanics' lien Claim required?
Can you file an Iowa mechanics' lien Claim without a pre-lien notice?
When should an Iowa mechanics' lien Claim be filed?
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Do I need a written contract to file an Iowa mechanics lien claim?
How does filing an Iowa mechanics' lien Claim help me get my money?

On a private project, the mechanics' lien places an encumbrance on the property that makes it difficult to resell or refinance the property without first removing the construction lien.

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What is an Iowa Stop Notice and why should it be filed
What is an Iowa Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?
When should an Iowa Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?
How much does it cost to file an Iowa Extension of a mechanics' lien Claim?
Can I file a Bond Claim on an Iowa Project?
Do I need to file a Pre-Notice to make a claim against an Iowa payment bond?

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