A creditor has the right to claim a lien on property belonging to a debtor only if a federal or state statute gives him authority to do so, or the property owner consents to the lien.


A lien.

A lien is a legal term that refers to one party; usually it is a creditor, who claims an interest in property belonging to another, usually a debtor. The property owner must pay off the lien before the owner can refinance a loan secured by the property or sell the property. A final lien waiver becomes effective only upon the occurrence of some precedent.

The contractor may agree to waive the lien, as a condition to final payment by the homeowner. A lien holder can waive a lien by communicating the waiver in writing. The writing have to refer to the lien and state that the lien holder in waiving all rights to enforce the lien. Lien waivers mostly are common in construction industry.

Mechanic’s Lien Wavers

The lien waivers are either conditional or unconditional. Conditional lien waiver on progress is the safest waiver for claimants, and mostly contains express conditions that precede enforcement of the waiver, which becomes enforceable only after the occurrence of the condition; the most common is payment of money. A mechanic’s agrees to waive lien rights through a certain period of time, conditional upon first being paid for all materials and services provided during that same period of time. A mechanic’s lien waiver is used as a proof a contractor was paid for the labor, material and services provided on a project. Contractors sign a mechanic’s lien waiver as the job progresses and payments are made. Unconditional final waiver final payment that is the safest waiver for owners, this waiver generally releases all rights of the claimant to place a mechanics lien on the owners’ property unconditionally. It is immaterial if the payment check has been returned or stopped payment. Claimants should issue this type of release only when they are positive their work is done and the payment has cleared their bank. Owners should demand this release when they are paid in full.

Some states allow an Unconditional Release upon final payment that is used to induce the final payment.

Final Waiver of Lien.

Final waiver of lien is completely waives a party’s right to file a mechanics lien for any amount due under its contract for the construction project, including all amounts due for extras and change orders. Note, however, that a waiver of mechanics lien rights does not waive a party’s right to pursue its other remedies under the law.