Frequently Asked Questions - Oklahoma Mechanics Lien
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What is an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim?
In Oklahoma, liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic's Liens. When an Oklahoma mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. Oklahoma mechanics liens filed with regard to public projects attach to the funds held by the public owner. In addition to commercial, residential and public property, Oklahoma also permits mechanics liens to be filed against oil wells, gas wells, mining property and railroads.
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Who can file an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim?
Contractors, subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers have Oklahoma mechanics' lien rights. As long as the supplier furnishes his materials or the subcontractor furnishes his labor under the original contract with the owner, lien rights will attach. Work must be actually performed on a project to assert a Oklahoma mechanics lien.
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Are pre-notices for an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim required?
If the potential Oklahoma mechanics lien affects a property that is occupied as a “dwelling” by an owner, a Notice to Owner is mandatory. Specifically, a notice to owner must be given to the owner prior to a contractor's first performance of labor or the provision of materials. No Oklahoma mechanics lien shall be enforceable unless the notice is provided to the owner. Notice must be written and substantially comply as per Oklahoma statute.
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Can you file an Oklahoma Mechanics' Lien Claim without a pre-notice?
Yes, if the property is not a dwelling, a pre-notice is not required.
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When should an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim be filed?
Oklahoma mechanics' liens on private property must be filed within 120 days after the date upon which material or equipment was last furnished or performed under the contract. In the case of a subcontractor or a supplier who does not have a contract with an owner, the Oklahoma mechanics lien must be filed within 90 days after the date upon which material or equipment was used on the land or when labor was last performed.
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How much does it cost to file an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim?
LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Oklahoma 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 in order to file an Oklahoma mechanics lien?
No. Oral contracts are sufficient
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How does filing an Oklahoma mechanics' lien Claim help me get my money?
On a private project, the Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma Stop Notice and why should it be filed
LienItNow.com prepares and serves Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?
LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?
LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma 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. Oklahoma law, however, does not permit an extension of mechanics' lien claims.
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Can I file a Bond Claim on an Oklahoma Project?
LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma payment bond?
LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Oklahoma 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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