NV Attempts to Strengthen Mechanic's Lien LawsSeveral changes are pending with the Nevada Materialman's and Mechanic's Lien Law. The changes appear to be headed for confirmation by the end of the legislative session. The proposed amendments to the current lien law are outlined below. The changes severely increase the liability of contractors, while removing or watering down notice provisions of those seeking to impose the liability. Contractors also are subjected to longer periods of uncertainty in that the statute of limitations in some cases is being doubled from 1 year to 2 years.
These changes, while they bring Nevada in line with the laws of many other states, follow a trend of placing enormous liability on contractors for acts of their subcontractors. The changes, at the same time they increase contractor liability, eliminate or water down the notice requirements previously imposed to ensure the contractor knows of potential liability. As always, look for these changes increasing a contractor's liability to result in higher construction costs and higher insurance premiums.