Georgia Mechanics Lien Laws

Become familiar with timelines for filing and serving notice according to Georgia's Lien Laws (Georgia Code Annotated subsection 44-14-360 et seq).

Notice Requirements for Mechanics Liens in Georgia

Primary Contractors

No preliminary notice is required. You must record your claim of lien within three (3) months after last furnishing labor and/or materials. You must send a copy of the claim of lien by registered or certified mail or by statutory overnight delivery carrier to the owner of the real property, or to the contractor (as agent for the owner), at the time of recording of the lien. You must commence action on the underlying debt, which is the basis for your claim of lien within twelve (12) months from the time that the debt became due. You must file a sworn notice of commencement of the suit in the property records of the court in which the claim is filed within fourteen (14) days.

Sub Contractors in Georgia

If the owner files a Notice of Commencement no later than fifteen (15) days after the contractor begins work, subcontractors and vendors not in privities with the owner need to provide Notice to Contractor to the owner or his/her agent and to the contractor within thirty (30) days from the filing of the Notice of Commencement, or within thirty (30) days of the first delivery of materials, services, or labor to the project, whichever is later. You must record your claim of lien within three months after last furnishing labor and/or materials. You must send a copy of the claim of lien by registered or certified mail or by statutory overnight delivery carrier to the owner of the real property, or to the contractor (as agent for the owner), at the time of recording of the lien. You must commence action on the underlying debt, which is the basis for your claim of lien within twelve (12) months from the time that the debt became due. You must file a sworn notice of commencement of the suit in the property records of the court in which the claim is filed within fourteen (14) days.

Materials Suppliers in Georgia

Materials suppliers in Georgia must adhere to the same timelines for making lien notices and claims as sub contractors mentioned above.

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