Can A Mechanic’s Lien Be Placed On My Property Without Notice?

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    Chris M.

    Is a contractor (kitchen remodel contractor) required to notify the property owner in order to file a lien against the property?

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    Mark S.

    Hello, yes, in most states, a contractor, including a kitchen remodel contractor, is required to provide notice to the property owner before filing a lien against the property. This notice is often referred to as a preliminary notice or pre-lien notice. The specific requirements for providing this notice vary by state and can depend on factors such as the type of work being performed and the nature of the contract. Failure to provide the required notice may limit or invalidate the contractor’s ability to file a valid lien against the property. It’s important for contractors and property owners to be aware of the specific legal requirements in their state regarding preliminary notices and liens to ensure compliance with the law.

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    The property owner does not have to be notified in order to file the lien, although most states will require that constructive notice be given to the property homeowner in writing that a lien is being placed on their home. In most cases, even when the contractor has been paid, there may still be remaining, unpaid liens filed by the subcontractors who have not been paid by the general contractor in charge of the project (see Full property/owner lien report)

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