If you are a business owner who provides home improvement services or supplies, you know how frustrating it can be when homeowners fail to pay for the improvements made on their home. Unpaid invoices can create a serious cash flow problem for your company. This is especially true if you have already provided supplies and services and the customer has made no payment. Collecting on unpaid debt is possible, and when you work in the home improvement industry, there are additional tools you can utilize. The courts have specifically created a mechanic’s lien for collecting on unpaid invoices by homeowners who are improving their home.
How a Mechanic’s Lien Works
A mechanic’s lien allows for businesses within the construction industry to ensure their clients pay for the services or goods they have provided. The first step to collecting on unpaid debts is giving a 20 to 30 day notice to the homeowner. This time period allows them the opportunity to arrange to make payment on the goods.
Next, the business must file a claim of the mechanic’s lien. This lien enforces payment on the debt. The business owner must file this document between 60 days and six months after they have provided the goods or services. If this time frame passes, the courts will consider the lien invalid.
Why Hire a Lawyer to Handle Unpaid Debt
In general, construction contractors and suppliers will find that collecting on unpaid debt is possible, but it is not easy. A debt collection lawyer has extensive experience working with a mechanic’s lien. They fully understand the strict guidelines surrounding this method of debt collection.
If you are a supplier or contractor and you are struggling to collect on unpaid debt, consider hiring a debt collection attorney. An attorney can help you file and enforce a mechanic’s lien. To learn more about your options for using a mechanic’s lien to collect on an unpaid debt call 678-566-6800 to speak with an attorney at Howe & Associates Debt Collection Attorneys.