File Two Mechanic Liens When Property Spans Two Counties

File Two Mechanic Liens When Property Spans Two CountiesWhen filing a mechanics lien, there is a very important yet often overlooked question you must answer:  Where do I file the lien?

Each state has different rules as to which state department will accept mechanics lien filings. In some states, the mechanics lien must be recorded with the county recorder office in the county where the property is located, but it can also be with the town recorder, with the county clerk of court, or with some other bureau or department. One of the benefits of using Zlien to file your mechanics lien, is that our software has a database of all the recording offices around the nation, and we know instantly where your mechanics lien needs to get recorded, how much it will cost, and specific nuances about that recording office.

Regardless of what office will accept the filing, a mechanics lien must generally be filed in the county where the property is located.  But, what happens in the unusual circumstance that the property sits on a county line, and is actually present in two counties?

This is a rare circumstance, but it is addressed by each state’s laws.  In some states, if this happens the mechanics lien must be recorded in only one of the two counties. In other states, the mechanics lien must be recorded in both counties.

It’s important to know whether the property being liened exists in one or two counties, and to make sure you get the mechanics lien recorded correctly if the property straddles county lines.


Scott Wolfe Jr

About Scott Wolfe Jr

Scott Wolfe Jr. is the CEO of zlien, a company that provides software and services to help building material supply and construction companies reduce their credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. He is also the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal, a leading online publication about liens, security instruments and getting paid on every account. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, with a specific emphasis on utilizing mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. You can connect with him via Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.