If you're a homeowner, you may have heard the term "mechanic's lien" before, but you might not fully understand what it means. Essentially, a mechanic's lien is a legal claim that can be placed on your property if you don't pay a contractor for work they've done on your home or other property. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at mechanic's liens and what you need to know to protect yourself as a homeowner.
What is a Mechanic's Lien?
A mechanic's lien is a legal claim that can be placed on your property by a contractor or supplier who has provided labor or materials for improvements to your home. This lien gives the contractor or supplier the ability to recover the money owed to them.
How to Avoid Mechanic's Liens
The best way to avoid mechanic's liens is to make sure you're working with a reputable contractor who pays their subcontractors/suppliers and has a good track record of completing projects on time and on budget. Before you hire a contractor, do your research and check their references. You should also make sure that you have a clear contract in place that outlines the scope of work, the payment schedule, and any other important details.
What to Do if You Receive a Notice of Mechanic's Lien
If you receive a notice of mechanic's lien, it's important to act quickly. You should contact the contractor or supplier who placed the lien on your property and try to work out a payment plan. If you're unable to come to an agreement, you may need to hire an attorney to help you navigate the legal process.
How to Remove a Mechanic's Lien
If you've already had a mechanic's lien placed on your property, there are a few ways to get it removed. One option is to pay the contractor or supplier in full. If you're unable to do so, you may be able to negotiate a settlement or payment plan. In some cases, you may need to go to court to have the lien removed.
Mechanic's liens can be a serious issue for homeowners, but with the right precautions and knowledge, you can protect yourself from these legal claims. If you're facing a mechanic's lien, it's important to act quickly and seek the advice of an experienced attorney.
At Cavett, Abbott & Weiss, we have extensive experience in dealing with mechanic's liens and can help you navigate the legal process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.