A construction lien, otherwise known as a mechanic’s lien, gives builders, contractors and suppliers legal a way to get paid for their work and any materials or supplies they purchase for a project. Under Chapter 713 of the Florida statutes, only contractors and other professionals, such as interior designers, architects, engineers, sub-contractors, suppliers and mappers, may place a lien on properties they improve. If the lien is valid, properly filed, and remains unpaid, it can be foreclosed against the property. Not everyone who improves a property is entitled to a construction lien. Unlicensed contractors, contractors working on government property, and contractors working on properly bonded properties, for example, are generally not entitled to construction liens.
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