A Vermont mechanic’s lien is a legal claim filed against real estate by a worker/supplier who has provided their services towards the construction or improvement of real property. Any contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers may file a lien as long as they have a contract with the owner, their agent, the prime contractor, or a subcontractor to the owner. The lien is used only if the claimant (party filing the lien) has not received compensation for their work and wish to apply pressure on the owner to pay the overdue balance.
There is no preliminary notice requirements in Vermont, so when a claimant wishes to file a lien, they need only complete the form and file it with the town clerk. While notice that the lien is filed is not technically required, it is recommended that the claimant send notice to the owner and prime contractor (if applicable) so that payment may be facilitated. If payment is not made after the lien is filed, the claimant may enforce the lien by filing a lawsuit (and obtaining a prejudgment Writ of Attachment of the real estate) within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the lien being recorded.