When you do a job, you expect to be paid for it. When you’re a contractor and your client refuses to pay for the work you’ve done, then you may need to look into Texas construction liens and how they can help you get the pay that you deserve. The process for filing these liens can be complex, but our Harris County construction lawyers are ready and willing to help you.

What Are Texas Construction Liens?

Texas construction liens are monetary claims on a property. They tell someone that you performed work and that you were not paid for your labor or services. The goal is to recover the money that is owed to you. A lien can put an encumbrance on a property’s title, and that can make it difficult for the owner to sell or refinance it. So if an owner had any plans for a property, construction liens can put an abrupt stop to them.

When Can a Construction Lien Be Filed?

A construction lien can be filed any time you are not paid for services rendered during a construction job. If you took part in a project in any way, you may be eligible to file a lien and pressure a client into paying you promptly.

Who Can File a Lien?

As we mentioned, it does not matter how you contributed to the project. You are probably allowed to file a construction lien if you have not been paid for services rendered. People and companies who usually end up filing liens include:

  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Material supplies
  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Equipment rental companies

Whether you helped in the design phases or just supplied crucial materials, you deserve to be paid. Texas construction liens can be a useful tool for anyone who participated in a project.

How Should Your Company Handle a Lien?

When you have not been paid for your work, you have to begin the process to file a construction lien. You first send a request for information. You will have copies of all contracts and agreements that were made at this point. Then you may have to send a preliminary notice to the property owner. Finally, you can file a lien affidavit.

Do I Need a Texas Construction Liens Lawyer?

Having an experienced construction attorney on your side can be helpful. The process for filing a construction lien can be complex. There are different rules for filing against commercial or residential projects, and there are often strict deadlines to be aware of. An attorney can help you navigate this process and fight for the money that you deserve.

Contact Our Firm Today

Fighting for the pay you deserve can be stressful, but our attorneys can make it easier to deal with difficult clients. Contact Patout & Shaw, PLLC and schedule your consultation today. We can take a closer look at your situation and tell you more about your options and what our attorneys can do to assist you.