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Who can File a Lien?

December 3, 2019

Let’s talk about Who Can File a Lien? Not just anyone can walk into the recording office and file a lien.

Clouding someone’s title and potentially forcing foreclosure is serious business, so Washington law imposes some requirements that you need to be aware of before you start work on the property.

  • First, you must be properly registered, bonded and insured, if the law requires you to do so.
  • The general contractor or subcontractor you are dealing with also must be registered. This does not apply if you are dealing directly with the property owner.
  • The property owner must be the person ordering the work, not a tenant or contract purchaser.
  • Lastly, you must provide the notice required by law to the tenant or owner.

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Making sure you have all of the pieces for your lien in place helps ensure success and make your project a masterpiece. If you want to learn more, watch this entertaining and informational video from BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard.

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