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Enforcing a lien on a home

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | Real Estate

Liens make it possible to hold someone’s property until they pay a debt on it. Liens are sometimes placed on residences in Brooklyn, New York. Sometimes, the government is the lienholder. This is the case with a tax lien. In that situation, a lien is placed on a home until the property taxes are paid. Another common lien is a mechanic’s lien.

Mechanic’s liens

A mechanic’s lien is placed on a home by someone who wants to ensure they’re paid for the work they’ve done on a home. In New York, it’s possible for many people to put a lien on a residence. Engineers and architects, in addition to contractors, are able to use mechanic’s liens to ensure they get paid.

In New York State, these liens are enforced in the courts. Typically, the business or their legal representative puts a lien on the home by filing with the court. Sometimes, this is done in Superior Court. In other cases, it may be done in a county courthouse.

Mechanics liens are a great tool for contractors because they attach to real property that has value. It’s good security to have when the job has not been completed. That said, it’s important for providers to ensure that their services are covered under lien law in New York State. In some cases, defendants will challenge the claim.

It’s important to understand that in real estate law, government liens will typically take precedence over their claims. If you need help enforcing a lien on a property, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer may be able to help you navigate the process so that it goes more smoothly. Contractors and other service providers deserve to be paid. A good attorney may be able to make that happen.