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What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

calender icon 3/21/2022    poster icon  Mark Goodman

Minnesota has a procedure to assure people who provide labor or materials for improvements to real property that they will be paid. In general, if material or labor is provided which improves or repairs the real property, the party providing that material or labor has the right to file a lien on the property if they are not paid.

Minnesota statute gives this type of lien a special priority – it is treated as if the lien were filed as of the first day any work was done on the property as a part of the whole improvement. For example, when a new building is constructed, one of the early steps is often excavation and one of the last steps is finish carpentry. If the finish carpenter is not paid and files a lien it is treated as if it had been filed on the first day that the excavator (assuming that this is the first work done) did any work on the property.

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