Contractors, subcontractors and material providers have various legal remedies for protecting themselves against general contractors and/or property owners who fail to pay for construction services and materials. One of these remedies is the Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law. This law permits contractors, subcontractors and material men, under some circumstances, to place a lien on the real property for which they provided work or materials for which they were not paid. Although the statute is essentially in the same form as it was when originally enacted in the early 1900s, and so can be difficult to navigate, significant changes were made in 2007 and, more recently, in October 2009. To view a more in depth discussion about the recent amendments, please click here.
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