To Whom Do You Serve Your Mechanic’s Lien?
General contractors and subcontractors alike are mindful of the importance of what happens after recording or filing your mechanic’s lien. Simply having it as a matter of record is not enough. For both legal and practical purposes, you also want to serve the lien.
In most cases, this means serving the applicable persons by mail. If you are a general contractor, you will be serving the owner. If you are a subcontractor or supplier, you will be serving both the owner and the general contractor with a mechanic’s lien. Almost every state allows you to do this by certified mail (for example there is an exception in Pennsylvania which requires personal service).
In most cases, on the same date in which you mail the papers in to be recorded, you mail an unrecorded copy to the other parties. This is the case in most states. But to be safe, when you receive back a stamped copy from the recorder, you can then mail by regular mail a copy to the same persons so they see the exact date of the recording.
But can you serve other people? Yes, and you certainly should if you think it would help getting paid. Serving a copy of the lien is not defamation in any way and you can literally serve it on as many people as you wish. This might involve realtors, agents, managers, or other representatives.
This way you will place the maximum pressure on all involved to get paid.