Lien after closing?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by spitfire3416, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a customer that has had their house on the market and owes me $600. I just found out that they closed on the house. Is it too late to put a lien on the property?
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Yes too late
     
  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    If it is for maintenance you can't put a lien on it.
     
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  5. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sorry man, I sometimes check house listings if I have an unpaid invoice because the market is really hot here, people buying and selling all the time. Sometimes people will want a few things done before the house goes for sale. What type of work did you do for them?
     
  6. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Maintenance work. Lawn mowing, fall clean up
     
  7. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    The lien is to keep them from selling it
    Construction. Not lawn maintenance. I don' t see how you would be responsible for anything not directly tied(the buyer after closing) to the home.
     
  8. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Florida
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    Down here we can’t file liens for lawn service. State doesn’t view it as a permanent improvement.
     
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  9. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes and no, and yes.

    A lein would normally be to keep someone from selling a property, but that does not mean that it cannot be filed shortly after a sale. It would then keep the new owners from selling, though that might take much longer to be satisfied, it still will be eventually.

    Exactly. You cannot place a lein on cleanup work, so the fact that a lein can sometimes be placed on the property after a sale is irrelevant here.

    But there are plenty of jobs discussed on this site (construction, irrigation installs, lighting installations, etc.), where discussion of a lein might apply.
     
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    it depends
     
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