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Frequently Asked Questions - Vermont Mechanics Lien

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What is a Vermont contractors' lien ?

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

Contractors, as well as subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers who have a contract with a general contractor or a subcontractor can file a Vermont mechanics lien.

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In Vermont, are pre-lien notices required?

It is strongly recommended that a prelien Notice to Owner (private project) or a Notice of Non-payment (public project) be sent to the owner prior to placing a lien on the project. Sending a prelien document not only allows the owner an opportunity to resolve the dispute, but also ensure that the lienor acted in good faith prior to filing the lien.

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

In most circumstances, a Vermont does not require a prelien notice, but it is recommended that a Notice to Owner or Notice of Non-payment be sent to the owner prior to filing a contractor's lien.

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When should you file a Vermont mechanics lien?

Vermont contractors' liens on private property must be filed within 180 days of the last date the lienor provided materials, labor or services to the Project.

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How much does it cost to file a Vermont contractors' lien ?

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

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Do I need a written contract in order to file a Vermont Mechanics Lien?

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 Vermont Mechanics Lien Claim.

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How does filing a Vermont contractors' lien help me get my money?

On a private project, the Vermont contractors' 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 Vermont Stop Notice and why should it be filed

LienItNow.com prepares and serves Vermont 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 Vermont Amendment to a contractors' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Vermont Amendments to contractors' lien Claims for a fee of $250.00.  Amendments to a contractors' 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 Vermont Discharge of contractors' lien claim be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Vermont Discharges of contractors' 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 contractors' lien Claim should be filed.

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How much does it cost to file a Vermont Extension of a contractors' lien Claim?

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

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Can I file a Bond Claim on a Vermont Project?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Vermont 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 Vermont payment bond?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Vermont 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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