A Rhode Island mechanic’s lien allows contractors to claim an interest in a property for unpaid work or supplies, demanding payment from the owner. Even if the contractor (the “claimant”) was working as a subcontractor and is owed by the general contractor, the claim will be made against the property owner. Once the lien document (called a “notice of intention”) has been filed with the land records office, it becomes a public record and will deter potential property buyers and lenders. To remove the lien, the property owner will be required to see that the balance is paid.
A copy of the mechanic’s lien must be mailed to the property owner with a return receipt requested or it will be considered invalid.