Nebraska Lien Laws

In the state of Nebraska, a specific schedule of deadlines and procedures for procuring rights to claim lien on a property are in place. Adhering to these statutes is essential to maintaining the right to claim on liens legally and effectively in the future. Without following all procedures exactly, contractors and suppliers may invalidate their right to legally make claims on liens of a project they have worked on previously.

Primary Contractors in Nebraska

In the state of Nebraska, prime contractors are under no obligation to give any preliminary notice of intent to file lien in the future. However, to make an actual claim on lien, primary contractors are required to record the lien no later than one hundred and twenty (120) days after the last date of supplying or servicing a jobsite, and in the same period, provide project owner copy of lien filing no later than ten (10) days later. Lien claims that are legally sound are effective for two (2) years following the recording date. If owner demands that legal action begin, the primary contractor has thirty (30) days to initiate this action to foreclose on lien after receipt of owner demands.

Sub Contractors in Nebraska

Sub contractors in Nebraska are not required to give preliminary lien notice, in the same manner as primary contractors are not required to do so. In the same manner, sub contractors must follow the same claim of lien scheduling as primary contractors, including:

  • Record lien within one hundred and twenty (120) days of last date on project
  • Serve owner copy of lien within ten (10) days of recording
  • Actions on lien must occur within two (2) years of recording date, unless owner initiates demand
  • If demand from owner served, sub contractors have thirty (30) days to initiate legal action to enforce lien

Materials Suppliers in Nebraska

In the state of Nebraska, materials suppliers follow the exact same lien law procedures and timelines as those attributed to prime contractors and sub contractors seen above.

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