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Title: Understanding Mechanic Liens: What You Need to Know

Posted by Andrew Senerchia | Sep 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Title: Understanding Mechanic Liens: What You Need to Know

When it comes to the world of real estate and property transactions, there are numerous legal terms and concepts that can seem overwhelming. One such concept is the "mechanic lien," which is a term that often raises questions and concerns among property owners, contractors, and real estate professionals alike. In this blog post, we'll break down what a mechanic lien is, why it matters, and how it can impact your property transactions.

What is a Mechanic Lien?

A mechanic lien, also known as a construction lien or a property lien, is a legal claim placed on a property by a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier who hasn't been paid for work or materials provided for that property. Essentially, it serves as a way for these parties to secure their right to payment for the services or materials they've contributed to a construction project.

Here's a simplified breakdown of how it works:

  1. Work or Supplies: A contractor or supplier performs work on a property or provides materials for a construction project.
  2. Non-Payment: If they are not paid as agreed, they have the right to file a mechanic lien against the property.
  3. Lien Recorded: The mechanic lien is recorded in the county or state where the property is located. This legal action puts a cloud on the property's title.
  4. Resolution: To remove the lien, the property owner usually needs to settle the outstanding debt with the contractor or supplier, which can involve paying the amount owed plus any associated interest and legal fees.

Why Mechanic Liens Matter

Mechanic liens serve several important purposes in the world of construction and real estate:

  1. Protecting Contractors and Suppliers: Mechanic liens provide a legal mechanism for contractors and suppliers to ensure they get paid for the work they perform or the materials they provide.
  2. Encouraging Payment: The existence of a mechanic lien can motivate property owners to resolve payment disputes promptly to clear the title of their property.
  3. Title Search and Financing: Potential buyers and lenders often conduct title searches before purchasing or financing a property. A mechanic lien can complicate or even prevent these transactions, making it crucial for sellers to address the issue.

How to Prevent Mechanic Liens

Property owners and contractors can take steps to prevent mechanic liens:

  1. Clear Contract Terms: Ensure that contracts clearly outline payment terms and expectations. Prompt payment and effective communication can prevent disputes.
  2. Lien Waivers: Contractors can provide lien waivers upon receiving payment. These documents confirm that the contractor has been paid and waives their right to file a mechanic lien.
  3. Monitor Payments: Property owners should keep detailed records of payments and ensure that all contractors and suppliers are paid in accordance with the agreed-upon terms.


Mechanic liens play a crucial role in the construction and real estate industry, offering protection to contractors and suppliers while ensuring property owners meet their financial obligations. Understanding the mechanics of mechanic liens is vital for anyone involved in property transactions. When in doubt, consulting with legal professionals can help navigate the complexities of mechanic liens and maintain a clear title on your property.

For more information or assistance with property transactions and title matters, please contact Dimension National Title at (401) 825-7102. Our team is here to help you navigate the complexities of real estate and ensure a smooth and secure process for your property transactions

About the Author

Andrew Senerchia

Andrew Senerchia is an accomplished attorney at Senerchia & Senerchia P.C., his family's law firm, and President of Dimension National Title. He cites his parents as his greatest professional influences, instilling in him a core value of simply doing his job to the utmost ability.


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