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New York Mechanics Lien Priority: Who’s On First?

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If a construction project gets saddled with mechanics lien claims and money gets tight, the topic of “Lien Priority” can suddenly become very important. Every state has some method of ranking lien and paying lien claims. These methods typically not only pit mechanics lien claimants against one another, but also against lenders who contribute funds to […]

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NY Mechanics Liens: What is Deadline on Residential Conversion Project

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New York is one of those states with multiple mechanics lien deadlines. Your deadline will actually change depending on the nature of the project. As explained in zlien’s New York Mechanics Lien Resources: Generally, lien required w/in 8 months of last furnishing services. On single-family residential projects, w/in 4 months. Work on single-family residential projects, therefore, requires […]

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New York Mechanics Lien Law: Legal Property Description in New York City

New York Lien Laws

While every state requires that some description of the property, like the municipal property address, be included on a mechanics lien, many states take it a step further and require that a mechanics lien include a legal property description. A legal property description can be described as “a written statement recognized by law as to the […]

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New York Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

New York Lien Laws

Interested in filing a New York mechanics lien? Navigating all the information can be tricky. Take a look a these “5 things to know” before getting started A Project Participant Must Be Authorized to do Business in New York New York allows for most parties on a project to file a mechanics lien. This includes […]

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Mechanics Liens: Mechanics Liens and … Criminal Law?

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While browsing recent news stories involving mechanics liens, a very interesting headline popped up in my search results: “Sixteen People Arrested on Federal Indictment Involving Multi-State Car Theft Conspiracy.”  At first, I was surprised that such a story opened up after a search for “mechanics liens,” but after reading a little more about the case, […]

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Mechanics Lien: New York Rules On What Is A Fictitious Lien

Mechanics Lien Traps

In a recent post, we discussed how New York courts will rarely (although sometimes do) summarily dismiss exaggerated mechanics liens.  However, in a recent case, Neptune Estate v. Big Poll & Son Construction, L.L.C., a New York Supreme Court took the issue of an exaggerated lien one step further in answering the question: If a […]

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New York Mechanics Lien Law: Priority – Lien vs Mortgage

Financial Risk and Priority Battles in Construction Industry

Whenever a property owner goes into financial trouble, mechanics lien claimants naturally wonder if they can still get paid. This often comes down to determining where the mechanics lien ranks on the lien priority ladder. So what about lien priority in New York? Unfortunately, the answer is far from simple.  One may think that whatever assets […]

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New York Mechanics Lien: How To File Your Claim

How Lien and Bond Claim Laws Work

Filing a mechanics lien in any state is a tricky and technical affair, and this is equally true in New York. Overlooking a trivial step in the process, or making a small mistake on the mechanics lien form, can invalidate your lien claim completely. Below is a step-by-step explanation of what is required to file a […]

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Mechanics Liens: How does Zlien sign your documents?

Database Maintenance for Lien Law Changes

Will zlien be sending me paperwork to sign? In most cases, the answer is No.   zlien is compliant with every state’s lien and notice requirements.  If we are capable of signing your documents on your behalf as an authorized agent, then we take care of getting your documents signed and notarized if necessary. When […]

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