In most states, the liens laws are hyper-technical. This means that the laws have many requirements, and that courts strictly construe the rules against the party filing construction liens.
This is true for nearly every state.
While laws across the nation provide lien rights to those in the construction industry, because of the power of these instruments most states require that the liens be filed in exact accordance with the law to be valid.
This is especially the case with regard to the required contents of a lien.
Each state has different requirements for what must be stated within a mechanic’s lien, and how that information must be stated.
Every state, for example, will require the claimant to identify the property being liened. In Louisiana, Washington, and Virginia, however, the law requires that the lien use the legal property description and not simply a municipal address. The proper identification of property can be so important we’ve written an entire blog post about it here.
In Virginia, the laws are even stricter. Because the Virginia lien law is land record based, the claimant is expected to perform a complete title search to acquire the exact legal owner and legal property description. A lien that does not lien the exact owner, at the exact property for the exact amount due, can be deemed invalid by courts.
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