Lien laws can be baffling. The rules you must abide by to effectively file a lien change from state to state, so it is easy for mixups to occur without proper research. Karalynn’s mission is to iron out the mix-ups and enable contractors across the United States to access the rules for their state easily, have them broken down by a construction lien professional in their state, and leave with immediately applicable insight for best practice rules for filing a mechanic’s lien in all 50 states. Karalynn kicks this initiative off with a solo episode diving into her state of expertise, Texas, which also happens to be one of the most complicated states in the country regarding lien laws!
Texas has some of the most strictly regimented rules for getting your liens right, but it also has one of the most severe penalties if you get it wrong. That being the case, filing your liens correctly is essential to protecting the money you are owed and protecting you from getting hit with fines and attorney’s fees if you do it wrong. Here is what you need to know:
1. What type of project is it?
In Texas, there are five types of projects. This includes residential, residential homestead, commercial, federal, and state projects. All of them have different requirements for filing a valid lien.
2. What “place” contractor are you?
Place 1 (General Contractor or Original Contractor), Place 2 (Subs who contract with the GC), and Place 3 (Any other Subs the Place 2 Contractors hire).
These two elements determine everything about the rules you must follow to file your liens in the state of Texas. This is just the beginning of the absolutely integral information Karalynn provides Texas construction workers and contractors with in this detailed and easily digestible breakdown of Texas Lien Laws. If you are a skilled trades professional in the state of Texas, this episode is a must-listen!
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This article is intended as a general educational overview of the subject matter and is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of recent jurisprudence, nor a substitute for legal advice for a specific legal matter. If you have a legal issue, consult an attorney.