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Texas Mechanic’s Lien Form

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A Texas mechanic’s lien is a legal claim against real property made by contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to ensure they receive fair compensation for providing labor or materials on a project. The procedure for filing a lien depends on the individual/entity seeking payment and the type of project.

Ultimately, the process starts by sending a preliminary notice of lien to the owner and prime contractor (therefore, prime contractors are exempt from this step), followed by filing the mechanic’s lien (also known as an affidavit of lien) with a county recorder’s office. Written notice must be provided to the owner and prime contractor that a lien was filed within five (5) days of filing. If the owner has still not paid, the claimant must enforce the lien by filing a lawsuit that will foreclose the lien.