Filing a Mechanics Lien in Harris County, Texas


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Everything you need to know about filing a mechanics lien in Harris County, Texas. Filing a mechanics lien is an effective way to get paid in the construction industry - but how? Are there special rules applicable to just Texas? Are there special tricks or tips you should know to file in Harris County, which includes the Houston area?

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Filing a Mechanics Lien in Harris County, Texas

  1. 1. Houston, TexasFile A Mechanics LienAnd Get PaidPUBLISHED BYThursday, May 9, 2013
  2. 2. WHY LIEN?Because It Works.Texas has strong mechanicslien laws in place to protectyou against non-payment.It’s the absolute mosteffective way to get paid.Thursday, May 9, 2013
  3. 3. NOTICESYou May Need A Preliminary NoticeSubcontractors and suppliers are required tosend notice on all projects no later than the 15thday of the second month following each monthin which the lien claimant furnished labor ormaterials for which he is still unpaid. Send to the owner via registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.Thursday, May 9, 2013
  4. 4. TICK TOCKFile Sooner Than LaterIn Harris County a mechanic’s lien mustbe filed by the 15th day of the 4th monthafter the month in which the lienclaimant last furnished labor or materialto the project. If the project is residential themechanics lien must be filed by the15th day of the 3rd month month afterthe month in which the lien claimantlast furnished labor or material to theproject.Thursday, May 9, 2013
  5. 5. HARRIS COUNTYRecorder of Deeds OfficeHarris County ClerkReal Property Office201 CarolineHouston, Texas 77002(713) 755-6411http://www.cclerk.hctx.netThis is where you’ll fileyour Harris CountyMechanics LienThursday, May 9, 2013
  6. 6. INFORMATIONYou’ll Need To Know1. Harris County willnot return a stampedcopy of your filed lien.You must provide areturn envelope andwait for your original tobe sent back to you.Thursday, May 9, 2013
  7. 7. INFORMATIONYou’ll Need To Know2. Use Letter SizedPaper, Not LegalThursday, May 9, 2013
  8. 8. E-FilingYou canelectronically filea mechanics lienin Harris County,Texas, but youmust be anauthorized e-filing submitter.eFILE YOUR HARRISCOUNTY MECHANICS LIENBY FILING WITH ZLIENThursday, May 9, 2013
  9. 9. Why Waste Time& Risk Mistakes?Thursday, May 9, 2013
  10. 10. Trusted By ThousandsThursday, May 9, 2013
  11. 11. It’s This EasyThursday, May 9, 2013
  12. 12. Summary:PUBLISHED BY•Mechanics lien claims are effective.•Subcontractors and suppliers mustdeliver a preliminary notice.•Mechanics liens deadlines in Texasare complicated. Pay careful attentionto the specified periods.•Make sure you include a returnenvelope when you submit your lien.•Save your time and avoid the risk ofmistake by using a professional lienservice to file your Harris County,Texas Mechanics Lien ClaimThursday, May 9, 2013