Maryland Mechanics Lien Laws

In the state of Maryland, understanding the procedures and deadlines for claims of liens is an essential component of any construction related project. Without adhering to these specific Maryland lien law statutes, builders and contractors face considerable difficulty in retaining their rights to enforce a lien on a property in the event of non-payment. A real estate attorney can assist builders, contractors in ensuring these deadlines are met, and all lien notices and filings are performed accurately.

Notice Requirements for Mechanics Liens in Maryland

Primary Contractors

There are no preliminary notice requirements in the state of Maryland for claims of liens. In order to make a claim of lien in Maryland, primary contractors must petition to establish a mechanics lien no more than one hundred and eighty (180) days after work is completed or material exchanged. Any action to enforce a lien requires primary contractors petition to enforce lien and must occur within one (1) year from the original date of the petition to establish lien filing.

Sub Contractors

In the state of Maryland, sub contractors are not required to file preliminary notice. All notice of lien claims must be provided to owner of project no more than one hundred and twenty (120) days following the work completion. Sub contractors must establish a petition to establish mechanics lien no more than one hundred and eighty (180) days following the completion of work. Actions and petition to enforce lien claim rights requires filing within one (1) year of the date of the filing to establish lien.

Materials Suppliers

Materials suppliers in Maryland follow the same requirements as prime contractors and sub contractors when dealing with establishing lien claims and enforcing lien claims. These deadlines and actions include:

  • File notice of lien claim within one hundred and twenty (120) days
  • Petition to establish mechanics lien within one hundred and eighty (180) days
  • Petition to enforce lien claim within one (1) year of filing establishment of mechanics lien

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