I delivered material to home site for a contractor about 2 weeks ago. Contractor hasn't paid me, because he said that he hasn't been paid by homeowner. No, I didn't have an agreement to wait for homeowner to pay. I specifically told the contractor that I needed to be paid immediately, which he agreed to.
I told the contractor that I would file a property lien next week if I did not receive payment. He said that I should to protect myself.
1. What's the process for doing this? Do I need to hire an attorney to do this, or simple enough?
2. Should I inform the homeowner before I do it?
3. Other issues I'm missing?
I've never done this, and don't want to, and hope I get paid in the next few days.... but, I don't feel like getting screwed by this contractor or the homeowner.
re: Filing a LIEN on Someone's Property(Posted by frb1951 on 10/8/12 at 11:21 pm to rmc)
You can also call the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors to get free advice to help you make your decision. If I'm not mistaken, I think there is a form that you can fll out and file with the court with possibly an automatic lien being filed. Certainly, the Contractors' Board can stir you in the right direction, hopefully without having to shell out any more money at the present as I'm sure the bite has taken a chunck out of your pocket book!