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N.C. Banking & Realtor Groups Speak Out Against Extending Liens on Leaseholds to Owners

In the second of four meetings, the House Committee on Mechanics’ Liens and Leasehold Improvements of the North Carolina General Assembly heard from representatives of the banking and commercial real estate industries on Monday, February 3.  Both representatives spoke forcefully against extending liens for tenant improvements to the record owner’s underlying interest in the leased property improved.  (For context, you can find my coverage of the committee’s initial meeting here).

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Filed under Lien Law, State law, policy & news, Subcontractors

Will QR Code Technology Provide Contractors Quick Relief in Filing Preliminary Lien Notices?

Ever since its passage last summer, North Carolina’s so-called “lien agent statute” has caused much consternation throughout the commercial construction industry, with many contractors, subs and suppliers worried that it will be inconvenient and expensive for them to comply with the statute’s various requirements (which I’ll be discussing in detail as my “Lien & Bond Law Revolution” series continues in the weeks ahead).  The title insurance industry, however, has tried to assure leery potential lien claimants that an online application will make filing preliminary lien notices convenient and inexpensive.This week, we’ll get down to where the rubber meets the road on that assurance.  Continue reading


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N.C. Court of Appeals Fleshes Out the Scope of Design Professionals’ Mechanics’ Lien Rights

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals (“COA”) this morning issued a 33-page opinion clarifying the types of professional engineering services entitled to a claim of lien under North Carolina’s mechanics’ lien statutes.  One of the three COA judges, however, issued a dissenting opinion, which means further review by the North Carolina Supreme Court could be in the offing.  This post explores the facts of Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc. v. Richmond Hills Residential Partners, LLC et al., discusses the majority and dissenting opinions, and comments on the important points to take away from the decision.

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