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#158982 - 09/26/06 07:14 AM Filing a Lien
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 213
Loc: Columbus, Ohio - USA
Can you file a mechanic's lien if the builder has not paid but has already sold the house?

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#158983 - 09/26/06 07:35 AM Re: Filing a Lien
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Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 104
Loc: Madison County, Ark. USA
State Laws vary on this topic, you need to consult with a $ 200/hour professional answerer of such questions. Good Luck. I am sure that you have some type of recourse, but suing the slimeball who stuck you may be your only way to relief.

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#158984 - 09/26/06 08:29 AM Re: Filing a Lien
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 44
Loc: Tennessee
You can walk into any lawyer's office and say:
"If I pay you $500.00, will you answer two questions for me?"

The lawyer will reply: "Sure...what's your second question."

As already stated, every state differs on it's lien laws. In TN, no sub can file a lien - only the GC. You'll need to either study your state's laws or consult the aforementioned lawyer.

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#158985 - 09/27/06 02:05 AM Re: Filing a Lien
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Loc: TX, USA
In Texas, a subcontractor can lien if not paid for work. An exception is made for government buildings. We've been left a couple of times with no option but to lien. Sure upsets people. I did go to a lawyer after a lot of research on the web. There are some very specifically timed letters that must be sent to notify the people involved.

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