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Construction glossary

What is a Lien?

A lien, particularly in the construction industry, is a legal claim or right that a contractor, sub-contractor, or supplier places on a property at which they have rendered services or supplied materials, but haven't been paid. Essentially, it's a security interest granted over an item of property to secure the payment of a debt or performance of some other obligation. If the property owner does not fulfill the financial obligation, the lien holder may seek legal action to enforce their rights and might even result in the compulsory selling of the property to pay off the debt. Liens are crucial elements in construction law, ensuring parties are fairly compensated for their work and supplies provided.