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How long does one have to lean a property for non-payment after compleation of services rendered?

Cleveland, OH |

I was sub-contracted to preform work on a building of a nationaly known company by a contractor whom they hired to preform all maintinance work on their facilitys in the OH & PA area. It has been 5 mo. since the work was completed and now the contractor is refusing to pay the balance still due. Do I still have Lean rights on the property ?

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Was this for a commercial property? Assuming that it is, did you serve the property owner and the general contractor with a "notice of furnishing" within 21 days of beginning the work on the project? After completing the work, did you serve an "affidavit of mechanics' lien" on the filed with the county recorder within 75 days of the last completed work, and was that affidavit served upon the owner and general contractor within 60 days of filing with the recorder? These steps are necessary in order to secure a mechanics' lien. If you didn't do any of these things, it may or may not be too late to secure a lien. Check with the county recorder to determine if a "notice of commencement" was filed by the property owner. If so, you're probably out of luck as far as a lien goes. If a "notice of commencement" was not filed, serve a "notice of furnishing" and an "affidavit of mechanics' lien" asap.

Aside from all of the above, you can always sue the contractor you sub-contracted with.

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