File a Subcontractor Lien Release In 3 Easy Steps
Liens are not always placed on a home or building by a bank or lender. Sometimes, subcontractors responsible for handling work on property utilize liens in an effort to receive the money owed. You can achieve a subcontractor lien release by working with them to get the debt paid off, or by requesting assistance through DoNotPay.
DoNotPay will pen a letter on your behalf to ensure the subcontractor understands what you're after. We'll renegotiate the deal so your lien gets released and the debt gets handled in a way that makes sense for your finances.
What Exactly Is a Subcontractor Lien?
A subcontractor lien is one that a company puts on property they've either worked on or delivered materials to. In most cases, these are only valid against commercial properties. However, a lien can also be placed on your residential property if you acted as not just the owner, but also the general contractor responsible for overseeing the building or renovation process.
How Can A Subcontractor Qualify For a Lien?
To qualify for the lien, a subcontractor must:
- Send a notice of nonpayment as soon as money is not received.
- Send a notice of lien if payment is still not received.
- File a lawsuit for a lien within 90 days of sending the notice of nonpayment.
How Do I Check if I Have a Subcontractor Lien Against Me?
You can check if you have a subcontractor or similar lien against your home or property by asking at your county's recorder's or assessor's office. You may also ask your county clerk.
You'll probably need to provide:
- Your first and last name
- Your date of birth
- The address of the property in question
You may be able to call and check over the phone, but every place has different policies. Not every type of lien is on public record or has details immediately available. You may need to submit your request in writing and then wait for the information to be mailed to you or communicated to you at a later date.
It may even be possible to perform an online search. Any public records should be able to be found this way, as long as the details have been updated and it is not an incredibly new lien.
How Do I Release a Subcontractor Lien?
Your best bet for releasing a subcontractor lien is to pay what you owe. If the contractor completed the work as indicated, then you are obligated to pay them the agreed-upon amount. Speak with the subcontractor and work out a payment plan if you can't pay it all at once.
They may be more inclined to release the lien or forfeit their rights to claim it if you simply work with them on getting them their compensation within a timely manner. Agreeing to pay even a little at a time is often better than paying nothing.
Start by filling out a lien release form to request in writing.
Petition the Court
If you believe the lien on your home to be invalid, you can petition the court to have it removed. They may be in your favor if the notice of nonpayment and notice of lien were not filed by the subcontractor within the appropriate time frame.
Other Types of Liens to Know
There are some related liens, and liens that mean the same thing but have a different name. The table below explains types of liens you should get to know.
|Contractor Lien||When the main contractor puts a lien against a property he has worked on or delivered materials to.|
|Vendor Lien||When a vendor responsible for adding value to a property puts a lien against said property.|
|Construction Lien||When construction companies and contractors put a lien against a property they've worked on.|
|Mechanic Lien||When a laborer puts a lien against property he has worked on, whether it be a home, building, or vehicle.|
Subcontractor Lien Release Using DoNotPay
If you do not have the time, energy, or patience to request a subcontractor lien release, allow DoNotPay to handle the task. We will quickly get to work penning a persuasive letter and get it sent over to the subcontractor in question. We just need you to provide a bit of information so we can include the correct details.
- Search for remove my lien on DoNotPay.
- Start our Remove My Lien product.
- Answer some questions about your specific lien and let us help you craft a letter to your creditor to resolve the issue.
Additional Lien Dilemmas DoNotPay Helps You Face
DoNotPay helps with many lien dilemmas. We'll help you deal with:
- A lien release on a car
- Selling a car with a lien
- Tax liens on your credit report
- Removing a state tax lien from public record
What Other Services Does DoNotPay Offer?
With just a few questions answered, DoNotPay can bring numerous advantages to your life. We'll assist you with achieving: