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Mechanics Lein

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by IN2MOWN, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Quick question guys.

    I have a customer who rents a duplex and has decided not to pay their bill to the tune of around $400.00.

    Can I still put a mechanics lein on the property even though the customer only rents the property?
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Nope, options are call the owner and see if they make good on it, but most likely not. Or small claims if you have paperwork. If you dont have paperwork you pretty much have nothing, but empty threats. I require the owner of rentals to back the renter in case they default. Try to stay away from them completely though.
  3. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I sent the owner a letter as well as the renter with copies of the invoices, what was due and talk of a lein.

    To be honest if I cant do it Im going to go over there, shovel out the mulch, unplant the bushes and install them in my place.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    Sounds like a plan to me.
  5. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Too much work, just kill the plants.
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Why not just take them to small claims court?
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Because I seriously doubt he would show up and getting a judgement on default is way different then actually collecting.
  8. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    with a judgment you can get $ from there paycheck
  9. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

    That varies from state to state, in Texas, garnishment cannot be done. Unless it's taxes or child support.
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I stopped by and talked to him today. He told me to come back Friday @ 3:00 and he would have the money.

    We shall see.

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