Mechanic liens (also called construction liens or property liens) can be filed by anyone who works on or suppliers materials or equipment to a construction job, and hasn’t been paid in full. If you did work on a construction job, or supplied materials to a job, or rented equipment to a job, and haven’t been paid, then you’re a perfect candidate to file a mechanics lien. Filing a mechanics lien is a very effective way to get your open invoices and pay applications paid; and fast.
The history of the mechanics lien is very interesting and can be traced all the way back to Thomas Jefferson. If you care to know more about where the lien comes from and why it exists, read this article: A Short History of the Mechanics Lien.
It’s no secret that getting paid in the construction industry is tough. In fact, the average payment cycle in construction takes 73 days!, which is the longest of any industry across the world. And since so many stakeholders are involved, making payment and receiving payment is quite risky.
In response to all of this delay, difficulty, and risk, the mechanics lien exists to protect everyone on a job who is owed money. Ultimately, the mechanics lien right is there to make certain that anyone who works on or supplies to a job is paid, no matter what.
So if you want to get paid on a construction job no matter what, then you want to get familiar with mechanic lien claims. Generally speaking, the following is true about mechanics lien rights and filing a mechanics lien claim:
1. Send A Notice At The Start of Work: At the very start of your job, you’ll want to and likely need to send a preliminary notice.
2. File Your Lien Quickly / On-Time: You only have so long to file a mechanics lien. Make sure you get yours filed within the filing window. The easiest way to file your mechanics lien is to do it online through zlien’s online filing form.
3. You’ll likely get paid fairly quickly: Our research shows that most liens get paid quite quickly…within just 20 days!