Friday, May 4, 2012

Residential Construction Protection Makes Its Way Into Oregon Lien Law

Just a reminder that Oregon's construction lien law was amended with two fairly important changes. Both amendments relate to Oregon residential construction liens.  When entering into a contract with a homeowner, Oregon prohibits the owner from waiving its protection from potential claims of Oregon Mechanics liens.

Oregon also has added a clause to the law that prohibits unlicensed subcontractors, or those supplying materials, equipment or labor to an unlicensed contractors, from pursuing an Oregon construction lien against an "owner-occupied residence" property. This puts the onus on everyone working on a project in Oregon to ensure that the person they have a contract with is properly licensed to perform that work.  Yet another piece of paperwork required in order to secure a mechanics lien.

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