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How to file a mechanic’s lien in Illinois for tenant improvement work

We’ve all been there. We sign a contract with a tenant whose business occupies a space in a larger shopping center or mall. We do not have a direct contract with the owner and so wonder if, when unpaid, we will be able to file an Illinois mechanic’s lien. And if so, a lien against whose property? Different states approached the situation in divergent ways. But the underlying principle has a do with the landlords knowledge. Take Illinois. A mechanic’s ...
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Project Delays and Filing a Mechanic’s Lien

In most cases, the controversy surrounding a contested mechanics lien has to do with the accusation from the owner that the labor and materials were not furnished adequately. In turn, this has to do with the defense of defective material, substandard performance, untimely work, not following the plans and specifications, violation of local building codes, and contested change orders. The contractor’s goal is to prevent as many of these disputes as possible so that the filing of a mechanic’s lien ...
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Mechanic’s Liens Based on a Change Order

No one would doubt for a moment that a mechanic’s lien can be filed for unpaid labor and materials under a base contract. But as our attorney has told us, he has yet to see a job ending up in court that did not have the contested issue of one or more change orders. If work is done pursuant to a change order and unpaid, can this be included in the filing of a mechanic’s lien? Even more specifically, what ...
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