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Understanding Mechanics Liens

Contractors, subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers can file what is called a "mechanics lien" on a homeowner's property if they don't get paid. Property owners need to be aware of the process so they can avoid financial and legal pitfalls. This section describes mechanics liens and steps that can be taken to avoid them.

What is a mechanics lien?

This section describes mechanics liens and the problems they can cause for property owners.

How to prevent a mechanics lien

This section describes a number of steps that can be taken to prevent mechanics liens.

What to do if a mechanics lien has been recorded on your property

This section has information on what to do if a mechanics lien is recorded against your property.

Lien Release Forms

This section lists the different types of lien release forms and provides direction.