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Real Estate Law Update: Bill Would Impose Stricter Requirements on Recording a Construction Lien

Good afternoon, all. I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer.

Summer is here.

Residential Builders – check out this House Bill 4695 introduced on June 11, 2019.

This Bill would impose stricter requirements on licensed builders prior to recording a Construction Lien.

According to the Bill, a Contractor:

SHALL DISPLAY THE CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE AND, IF THE CONTRACTOR IS AN INDIVIDUAL, THE CONTRACTOR’S PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION, CONSISTING OF AN OPERATOR’S LICENSE, CHAUFFEUR’S LICENSE, OR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WHEN RECORDING A CLAIM OF LIEN UNDER SECTION 111. IF THE CLAIM OF LIEN IS NOT PRESENTED IN PERSON, THE CONTRACTOR SHALL ATTACH TO THE CLAIM OF LIEN COPIES OF THE CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION.

Violating this law would result in a stiff penalty – criminal sanctions – punishable by a misdemeanor.

The the intent of this Bill would seem to encourage contractors to make sure their licensing is in order and would therefore discourage contractors from filing liens without lawful cause. Simply put, if a Lien doesn’t have a photo ID and proper licensing attached to it, then it wouldn’t be valid.

In reality, this extra hurdle could be an impediment from contractors who otherwise are entitled to payment from having perfected valid liens.

The Bill was sent to the committee on Regulatory Reform.

My sense is that this Bill does not come out of committee without some significant amendments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Questions? Comments?

e-mail: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

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