mechanics' lien

A claim created by state statutes for the purpose of securing priority of payment of the price or value of work performed and materials furnished in erecting, improving, or repairing a building or other structure, and as such attaches to the land as well as buildings and improvements erected thereon. In re Louisville Daily News & Enquirer, D.C.Ky., 20 F.Supp. 465, 466.
Such lien covers materialmen, tradesmen, suppliers, and the like, who furnish services, labor, or materials on construction or improvement of property.
See also commence (commencement of building or improvement); lien waiver; stop notice statute

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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