If the work was done by a licensed contractor, he can place a mechanic's lien on your property. You may have to sue the seller for breach of contract. The only way to remove the lien is to pay the contractor. You need to consult with an attorney to review the sales contract, mechanic's lien and possible lawsuit.
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Yes, they can place a mechanic's lien against your house. Foreclosing on the lien is an entirely different and difficult task.
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Maybe yes, maybe no. There are very strict time limits in regard to when the contractor has to give appropriate notices concerning the mechanics lien. You should immediately sue the former property owner for the construction costs and get a Judgment against him. In regard to the mechanics lien an attorney is going to have to review what notices were given and received and the timing related to said notices.
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