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Mechanics' Liens

A mechanics' lien, also known as a construction lien,  is a legal claim against the title to a property for the benefit of those who have not been paid for labor or materials they supplied to improve the property.

Who files a mechanics' lien?

Contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers may file a Mechanics' Lien against a property where they have worked if they have not been paid.   A subcontractor who has not been paid may file a lien against the property even if the general contractor was paid for the work.

What is a lien waiver?

Some property owners ask contractors to sign a lien waiver either before the contractor starts work or as the work progresses and the contractors have been partially paid. By signing a lien waiver, the contractor agrees to not file a lien on your property.

Mechanics' lien procedure

There are strict rules about the time limits, advance notices required and specific information needed for filing a mechanics' lien.   Generally, a lien must be filed within four months of your last work on a job and the notice of intent to file a lien must be sent ten days prior to filing the lien.  There are other limits and very specific information requirements.

Learning about mechanics' liens

Mechanics’ liens are a potent mechanism for collecting unpaid past due debts. Still, mechanic’s liens don’t work in every circumstance. Bradford’s concise pamphlet, Know Your Mechanic’s Lien Rights: A Guide to Colorado Law, provides the basics of mechanics’ liens and crucial information about when to file.

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Know Your Mechanic’s Lien Rights: A Guide to Colorado Law

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Mechanics' liens are a powerful tool used by contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and other parties involved with construction or repair of improvements on real property to collect money owed to them.

  • What is a mechanic's lien?
  • Who is entitled to one?
  • What are the benefits of using liens?
Learn about this legal process and your rights in this helpful booklet.

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Mechanics’ Lien Kit

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Mechanics’ Lien Kit

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This kit contains Bradford's booklet, Know Your Mechanic's Lien Rights: A Guide to Colorado Law, and the forms commonly used in the procedure: Statement of Lien with Notice of Intent to File a Lien, Notice Extending Time to File a Lien Statement, and Release of Mechanics' Lien.

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Statement of Mechanics' Lien with Notice of Intent to File

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If you are a contractor, subcontractor, or other party involved with construction or repair of improvements on real property and someone owes you money, this is the form used to record your mechanics lien and to notify the owner and general contractor of your intent to file a lien if you are not paid within 10 days.

Completing the lien form, providing the required advance notice of the intent to file the lien, and the recording of the lien all require strict adherence to the statutes and great attention to detail.

Learn the details of filing and collecting in the Bradford booklet Know Your Mechanic's Lien Rights: A Guide to Colorado Law.

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Guideline to Statement of Mechanics' Lien with Notice of Intent to File

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This Guideline is intended to provide general information with regard to the subject matter covered.  It is not meant to provide legal opinions or offer advice, or to serve as a substitute for advice by a licensed legal professional. Bradford Publishing does not warrant that the information herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors, inaccuracies or omission. It is the responsibility of the user to consult legal, tax or other counsel.

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Notice Extending Time to File a Mechanics' Lien Statement

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The four month time period for recording the Statement of Mechanics’ Lien may be automatically extended for six months by recording a Notice Extending Time to File Lien Statement. This notice must of course be recorded within the initial four month time period. To learn more about the mechanic lien process, check out Bradford’s guide, Know Your Mechanics’ Lien Rights: A Guide to Colorado Law.

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Release of Mechanic's Lien

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Release of Mechanic's Lien

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Once past due monies have been paid to the person or company claiming the lien, this form is recorded to release the lien on the property.

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Lien Waver (Shows Full or Partial Payment)

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Lien Waver (Shows Full or Partial Payment)

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This form is used to show that payment has been received and rights to claim a mechanics’ lien on a property are waived.

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Guideline to Lien Waiver

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Guideline to Lien Waiver

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This Guideline is intended to provide general information with regard to the subject matter covered.  It is not meant to provide legal opinions or offer advice, or to serve as a substitute for advice by a licensed legal professional. Bradford Publishing does not warrant that the information herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors, inaccuracies or omission. It is the responsibility of the user to consult legal, tax or other counsel.

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Mechanics' Lien Claimant's Notice to Disburser

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Mechanics' Lien Claimant's Notice to Disburser

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This document is used by a lien claimant to notify the disburser of funds (usually the lender) that a mechanics’ lien has been filed.

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Notice by Disburser

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Notice by Disburser

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This form provides materialmen and other suppliers the names of the owner, contractor, and disburser for a construction project, and the land to be improved.

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Mechanic's Lien Termination

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Statement of Assessment of Lien

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Statement of Assessment of Lien

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Used for nonpayment of homeowners association fees.

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