What should I know to file a construction lien?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Construction Liens |

You may file a lien against someone who fails to pay you for the work you have done. If the person refuses to pay and makes it clear you will not be able to collect your money, it is your right to put a lien on the property.

A lien will make it impossible for the person to sell the property without paying you the amount due according to a written contract between you and the client. New Jersey law sets up the process for filing a lien.

Time limit for filing

You will need to file your lien promptly after you determine you will not receive payment. The law requires filing the paperwork within 90 days after you finish the job for the person.

Where and how to file

You must file your complaint with the Arbitration association if it is a residential project. You must file in the county in which the person lives. You will need to file a specific form that includes information about the situation, the contract agreement and the money owed. You also need to include a cover letter that provides the basic details about you, the property, the property owner and the amount owed. It also must include your signature.

When you file, you will have to pay a fee of $15. The fee could vary depending on the county. Essex County, for example, charges $15 for the first page and $5 for each page thereafter.

Make sure that you understand the specifics of filing your claim. If you make a mistake, it could lead you to miss the deadline to file and the right to make your lien claim.

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