Whether you are a Lehigh Valley Homeowner planning to have work conducted on your home, a Bethlehem Business owner planning on have construction done in your office, or an Allentown Contractor, you should be aware of what a Mechanics’ Lien is. A Mechanics’ Lien is a statutory created lien that allows a contractor to secure priority for payment for work performed or materials provided in erecting or repairing a building. 49 P.S. §1301 set forth that:
"every improvement and the estate or title of the owner in the property shall be subject to a lien, to be perfect as herein provided, for the payment of all debts due by the owner to the contractor or by the contractor to any subcontractors for labor or materials furnished in the erection or construction, or the alterations or repairs of the improvement, provided that the amount of the claim, other than amounts determined by apportionment under section 306(b) of this act shall exceed five hundred dollars ($500)."
In layman’s terms, this statute sets establishes the right of a Pennsylvania contractor to assert a lien against most Pennsylvania home(s) or building(s) they are contracted to do work on in certain situations. However there are many requirements that must be met in order for a contractor or subcontractor to be able to assert a viable Mechanics’ Lien Claim. One of which, for home improvement contracts, is the HICPA contract requirement.
If you are a Contractor, Subcontractor, Business owner, or Homeowner in Bethlehem, Pa., and have questions on whether or not a Mechanics’ Lien can be properly asserted, contact a Mechanics’ Lien Lawyers in Bethlehem, Pa. at the Law Offices of Edward J. McKarski for a free consultation.