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Mechanic’s Lien
Construction glossary

What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

A Mechanic's Lien is a legal tool used within the construction industry. This claim is used by contractors, subcontractors or suppliers who have not been paid for work or materials provided on a construction project. The lien is attached to the property where the work or supply was carried out, and can impact the ability to sell or refinance the property until the debt is settled. Essentially, it's a security interest in the title of the property for the benefit of those who have supplied labor or materials that improve the property. The nature and rules of a Mechanic's Lien can vary by jurisdiction, but the overall concept is to provide a form of protection to those in the construction industry that have fulfilled their contractual obligations but have not received their due payment.