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Mechanic’s Lien– How to Describe the Property

It would be acknowledged by all that a proper description of the property to be liened should be inserted into the mechanic's lien form itself. But just how descriptive must a mechanic's lien be and should include a full legal description? There are three types of states: 1) a full and long legal description must be provided, 2) an abbreviated legal description is sufficient, including typically lot, block and subdivision and 3) simply a mechanic's lien with the common Street ...
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Serving the Owner with a Tenant Improvement Mechanic’s Lien

Assume you have performed construction services in the nature of tenant improvements. It may be to a restaurant, a store in a shopping center, the third floor of an office building, or even a standalone structure. You’ve checked with the applicable state law for mechanics’ liens and have concluded there is no right to record the mechanic’s lien against the owner’s interest. Only against the tenant. You’ve been further advised by your attorney that the lien can only foreclose against ...
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Mechanics Liens– Necessity of a License

The general rule for contractors, whether as a general or sub, is that you need to be licensed as a prerequisite to making a claim for unpaid labor and materials or filing a mechanics lien. But, there are some qualifications. First, it is highly recommended that you be licensed in all circumstances. For one simple reason: owners whether commercial or residential, love to find excuses for nonpayment. You don't want to give them the liberties of arguing you were unlicensed ...
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