It’s true. And unfortunately for folks doing work in multiple states, the lien laws can be drastically different from one state to the next (It is, after all, why we created the LienPilot).
Over the years, my reference to the lien law differences has always been in the form of a warning. I came across a blog post on the Best Practices Construction Law Blog with a different take on the warning. This post focused on the quirky or outlandishly unique features of certain lien laws, and is a guest post by R. Daniel Douglass of the Stites & Harbison law firm – the original article titled: State Lien Law Surprises.
Here was one of my favorite “surprises:”
In Florida, filing an overstated claim of lien can not only forfeit your lien rights, but also render you liable for the owner’s attorney’s fees.
Any body have any state lien law surprises or quirky features that are not mentioned in the Douglass article? The 150 Day Virginia Rule jumps to mind…