A mechanics’ lien is a statutory lien on buildings or land that secures payment for labor or materials supplied in improving, repairing or maintaining a property. In Massachusetts, the requirements and remedies related to mechanics’ liens are found in M.G.L. c. 254. In traditional construction contracts, the clock starts when a Notice of Substantial Completion is filed with the Registry of Deeds. From there, if you are not paid, you must file a Notice of Contract and Statement of Account at the Registry of Deeds within the time limits in the statute. The next step is to file a complaint in the applicable court to foreclose on mechanics’ lien, which can allow a creditor to seek money damages or even sale of the underlying property.
If you are a business owner that has not been paid for your work on real property, contact our office to learn more about your options under Massachusetts’ mechanics’ lien laws.