What is a Claim of Lien?
In Florida, a claim of lien (also known as a Mechanic's Lien) is a legal form used to secure payment by placing a 'lien' on the property where the work is done.
Who can file a Claim of Lien?
Direct licensed contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors, and laborers when they perform work to improve property are typical filers of liens.
Architects, engineers, surveyors, and other design professionals, who are entitled to file a mechanics lien for their services that are for the improvement of real property.
When to file a lien in Florida?
The deadline to file a claim of lien in Florida for prime contractors and subcontractors is 90 days. This means within 90 days of the last furnishing of labor or materials to a job.
Once the lien is filed, you must also serve a copy of the lien to the property owner within 15 days after filing the lien.