File A Mechanics' Lien
A Mechanics' Lien is a claim against real estate made by a contractor, subcontractor,
or supplier of building materials who contributed to improvements on the real estate.
For example, if you, as a subcontractor, were not paid for work you performed on
a construction project you would file a Mechanics' lien against the property, also
naming the party who did not pay you in the Lien filing. A Mechanics' Lien is your
best first option for getting paid, as it "clouds" the title, preventing sale or
refinancing. It is also inexpensive and gives you leverage in dealing with the opposing
It is imperative that the filing deadlines met and your documentation be accurate or your Mechanic’s Lien will be determined to be not valid. Filing deadlines are as follows:
New York: Commercial property- any time during the progress of the work and the furnishing of the materials, or within eight months after the completion of the contract, or the final performance of the work or the final furnishing of the materials.
Residential properties- the end period is four months instead of eight.
New Jersey and Connecticut-any time during the progress of the work and the furnishing of the materials, or within three months after the completion of the contract, or the final performance of the work or the final furnishing of the materials.
In addition to the property address and owner the lot and block number of the property are required. The property owner and contractor must be informed that a Lien has been placed on the owner’s property due to lack of payment.
We can file a Mechanic’s Lien, Extension or Release for you in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our service includes searching the property records, the fee for filing with the appropriate jurisdiction and notification to the property owner and contractor by certified mail.
Filing fees are as follows:
Mechanic’s Lien - NY: $225.00
Mechanic's Lien- NJ and CT: $300.00
Extension, Release or Satisfaction: $200.00
Same Day Mechanic’s Lien: $425.00
Same Day Extension, Release or Satisfaction: $400.00