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HOW THIS DIFFERENCE AFFECTS MECHANIC’S LIENS IN MASSACHUSETTS

There are numerous reasons for why the M.G.L. C.254 distinguishes between the various tiers of professionals involved in a project, but, as one of the three types of professionals, you should be more concerned about how these differences affect your pursuit of a mechanic’s claim in Massachusetts.

The following table comparatively lists these practical differences neatly and in sufficient detail, according to the M.G.L. C.254 §2 and §4.

GENERAL CONTRACTORS SUB-CONTRACTORS SUPPLIERS
1.  You must have a valid written contract for the project. 1.  You must have a valid written contract for the project. 1.  You must have a valid written contract for the project.
2.  You must record your Notice of Contract in the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 90 days of the last time you furnished any materials or services on the property in question. 2.  You must record your Notice of Contract in the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 90 days of the last time you furnished materials or services on the property in question or from the date your general contractor last rendered services on the property. 2. You should deliver a Notice of Identification to your general contractor via certified mail, return receipt requested, not later than 30 days after starting work on the property.
3.  You must record your Statement of Account not later than 120 days since last delivery or rendition of materials or services respectively. 3.  You must deliver a copy of your Notice of Contract to the property owner via certified mail, return receipt requested. 3. You must record your Notice of Contract in the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 90 days of the last time you furnished materials or services on the property in question or  from the date your general contractor last rendered services on the property.
4.  You must file your lawsuit to perfect and enforce  the mechanic’s lien not later than 90 days after you submitted your Statement of Account. 4.  You must record your Statement of Account not later than 120 days of the last date when you furnished any materials or services on the property or from the date your general contractors last rendered services on the property. 4.You must deliver a copy of your Notice of Contract to the property owner via certified mail, return receipt requested.
5.  You must record a certified copy of the complaint file to the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 30 days after you filed your lawsuit. 5.  You must file your lawsuit to attach the mechanic’s lien not later than 90 days after you submitted your Statement of Account. 5.You must record your Statement of Account not later than 120 days of the last date when you furnished any materials or services on the property or  from the date your general contractors last rendered services on the property.
  6.  You must record a certified copy of the complaint file to the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 30 days after you filed your lawsuit. 6.You must file your lawsuit to perfect and enforce the mechanic’s lien not later than 90 days after you submitted your Statement of Account.
    7.You must record a certified copy of the complaint file to the correct Registry of Deeds not later than 30 days after you filed your lawsuit.