We hired a contractor & paid him in full. We have a signed contract showing payment made and a balance due of $0. The contractor didn't pay his subcontractor in full (owes him $2000). The subcontractor has no written contract with the contractor for the work he did on our house. Can the subcontractor file a lien against our home without his own proof of contract specifying the work he was to do and what he was supposed to be paid? We don't want to see the subcontractor not receive wages rightly owed, but we don't want a lien on our house and have to pay twice either.
If the subcontractor eventually gets paid, how do we get a lien release and from whom?