A mechanic’s lien can be filed against property and structures by contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and other construction professionals involved in new construction improvements to real property, or the alteration and/or repair of existing structures. When a mechanic’s lien claim is filed, it clouds the property owners’ title to the affected property, and normally would be released or satisfied after the parties’ filing of the mechanic’s lien claim have been paid for their labor or material. In Pennsylvania, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers often file mechanic’s lien claims against construction site property to secure prompt payment for labor and material. Since amendments were made to Pennsylvania’s mechanic’s lien law in 2006, lending institutions, as well as property owners, contractors and subcontractors, are updating their procedures to protect their rights under the new amendments.

When a mechanic’s lien claim is filed, it clouds the property owners’ title to the affected property, and normally would be released or satisfied after the parties’ filing of the mechanic’s lien claim have been paid for their labor or material.

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