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    File a Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien

     

    Pennsylvania mechanics lienIn Pennsylvania, liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic’s Liens. When a lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. When a lien is filed with regard to work performed on a publicly or government owned property, it attaches to the fund of money which the public agency has allocated for a project. The reason for this is that you cannot force the sale of publicly owned land (public agencies mean any county, city, town, township, public commission, public board or other municipality authorized by law to make contracts for the making of any public improvement in any city, town, township or other municipality). LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Pennsylvania construction mechanics liens.  Please note that a surcharge for service by the sheriff added to the lien price at the time the lien is served.

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    File a Pennsylvania Discharge of Lien

    If you have been paid for the work you performed or the materials you delivered, but you filed a PA mechanics lien before payment, it is time to file a Pennsylvania Lien Release. Whenever a mechanics lien on a property in Pennsylvania has been paid or otherwise resolved, the only way to remove the lien is to file a lien release, sometimes known as a satisfaction of lien. If the lien is not released, then the encumbrance on the property will remain, leaving the owner with an inability to remove it without resorting to an expensive lawsuit. Failure to remove a lien when it has been resolved or paid can result in costs to the lienor, including the possibility of paying penalties and attorneys fees. LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Pennsylvania Discharges of Mechanics’ Lien Claims. 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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    File a Pennsylvania Pre-Lien Notice

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Pennsylvania pre-lien notices.

    Notice of Intention to Lien: In Pennsylvania, subcontractors, suppliers, and sub-subcontractors must serve a formal notice of intention to the owner declaring the subcontractor’s intention to file a lien. The formal notice of intention must be filed at least thirty (30) days before an actual lien claim is filed by the subcontractor.

    Notice of Furnishing: Starting in 2017, if a project is valued over $1.5 million and is registered by the owner on the Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Directory, Subcontractors and suppliers are required to file a "Notice of Furnishing" within 45 days after the first day or work or delivering materials to the project. If that PA Notice of Furnishing (NOF) is not filed in time, the subcontractor or supplier waives its lien rights, unless their contract did not provide a warning that failure to file the NOF would result in a waiver of lien rights. Importantly, owners or others who discourage the filing of a NOF are committing a crime, punishable by second-degree misdemeanor charges, on top of damages to the lienor of attorneys fees and court costs.

    Notice of Non-Payment: PA also strongly encourages the filing of notices of non-payment, though they are not required. In short, if you are not being paid, you can send a notice to the owner or its agent, or the contractor, informing them that you have not been paid. 

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    File a Pennsylvania Stop Notice

    LienItNow.com prepares and serves Pennsylvania Stop Notices.  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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    File a Pennsylvania Amendment of Lien

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Pennsylvania Amendments to Mechanics’ Lien Claims. 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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    File a Pennsylvania Bond Claim

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Pennsylvania Bond Claims. 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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    More questions?  Visit our Pennsylvania mechanics lien FAQ page.