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Basic tips for construction liens

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2021 | Construction Liens |

A construction job includes a variety of trades and it is in your best interest to ensure that your client pays out what he or she promised. From contractors to laborers to materialmen, each individual has a certain right to the amount agreed on in a contract. But as a single person, or the lead on a team, that does not leave you with a lot of resources to chase negligent funds.

In the event of your New Jersey project going pear-shaped, a construction lien is a law-supported way to get the money you deserve.

Get your work in writing

As New Jersey statute defines, a lien is only an option with a signed document. Pursuant to whatever contract you draft, the lien entitles you to the value of your work, services and any material defined by the contract. Whether you need a lien on the landlord or a contractor above you depends on your situation.

Get paperwork filed promptly

Contract work may or may not pay out regularly, depending on how you run things. The type of project also dictates your timeline to file a lien. Commercial projects require you file for a lien within 90 days of the completion of your work. But in order to file for a lien on a residential project, you have to file a notice of unpaid balance and right to file lien with the client and county clerk prior.

Secure what people owe you

Contract details and paperwork filing require time and effort you may not always have, but the people who owe you should pay you. Engaging in the lien process may be arduous and confusing without the right guidance, but it may help with your collections. Getting things done the right way the first time may make things easier the next time you need a construction lien.