Can we put a lien on someone’s personal property if we have not been paid for services completed?

It has been 5 months since we did the work. Numerous phone calls and e-mails were sent. Only gives excuses or does not answer at all.

Asked on November 8, 2011 under Business Law, Florida


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you are a licensed contractor you possibly could have pre-liened the work of improvement per statute. However, if you have not pre-liened the property, you most likely will be barred from liening the work of improvement now.

You can bring a legal action for monies owed possibly in small claims court. Before filing a legal action, I would write the property owner a letter requesting monthly installment payments of so much and see what happens. If the due date comes and goes, your option is to file a lawsuit for moneys owed. You could consult with an attorney experienced in construction matters.

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