Mechanics Lien


Definition of "Mechanic's lien"

Claim on property by an unpaid workman or contractor. The property may be sold to recover the money owed. The legal justification of the mechanic's lien is that the labor and materials supplied increase the value of the property and therefore the property should be security for payment. Further, the workman should be compensated for his services. An example is an electrician or plumber who has not been paid for his work by the homeowner.



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