Mechanics liens are powerful tools to get parties in the construction industry paid. While there are several steps that parties on the top of the payment chain have to challenge the mechanics lien, or otherwise get the lien removed from the property, some of these steps may actually benefit the…Read More
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First and foremost, thanks to my pal Scott Wolfe for the opportunity to discuss what is a major change in Virginia law regarding mechanic’s liens. I always appreciate the opportunity to guest post here at his blog.
When I first posted about Senate Bill 891 back in March of this year…Read More
2014 was a busy year for mechanics lien law, with significant changes either enacted or contemplated in a large number of states. Changes ranged from providing a more clear definition of what constitutes the “commencement” of an improvement in Nevada, to the creation of an entirely new-from-the-ground-up mechanics lien law…Read More
General contractors, lenders, title insurance companies, owners, and sureties on a construction project are concerned about their exposure to mechanics lien claims. This is natural since these claims are a large component of the project’s financial risk. Despite these parties’ ambition to avoid liens, it is illegal in 47 of…Read More
More than 200 years ago, Virginia’s most famous son invented the mechanics lien concept to protect contractors and suppliers against non-payment on construction projects. In the 2015 legislation, Virginia’s lawmakers finally embraced the public policy reasons behind this legal principle, passing a law prohibiting subcontractors and suppliers against waiving their…Read More
To begin this post, and, really, to make sure everybody is on the same page for all of the articles/posts on The Construction Payment Blog, we need to have a quick vocabulary discussion. Mechanics lien law, and the specific language associated with it, can be daunting, even for people well-versed…Read More
Need to brush up on your Virginia mechanics lien law before filing? No problem,zlien can help! Just refer to these “5 things to know” before getting started.
Most Licensed Parties have Mechanics Lien Rights
In Virginia licensed parties that provide service or labor for a construction project, removal or repair or improvement…
As we’ve mentioned before, filing a false mechanics lien is not a good idea. Mechanics liens are powerful tools, and just like all powerful tools, they shouldn’t be abused. Some states, however, take filing a fraudulent mechanics lien more seriously than others. Generally speaking, if a mechanics lien is filed…Read More
Complying with timing requirements is crucial to mechanics lien claims, but, as we’ve mentioned before, calculating these deadlines can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true in states with more than one date that must be calculated, and when there are different methods to calculating those dates. Even when the…Read More
Construction Payment Blog recently discussed changes to the mechanics lien law scheme in Virginia. These changes mandate that every mechanics lien claimant have a license, and that the license number and dates of issue and expiration be listed on the face of the lien document, in order for the claimant’s…Read More