South Carolina Mechanic’s Liens

South Carolina mechanic’s liens protect a contractor’s right to receive compensation for their work. The lien attaches to the private property where the work was completed so that the contractor has a legal remedy if they aren’t paid. Getting the Lien The lien is created when the contractor does work or furnishes materials for the project. However, steps may be taken to perfect the lien and ensure legal requirements are met. First, the general contractor needs to file a Notice of Project Commencement with the clerk of court of register or deeds in the county where the property is located. This notice contains basic information about the project and must be filed with 15 days of the commencement of work.  The general contractor must post a notice on the job site that informs subcontractors that the notice of project commencement has been filed. Subcontractors should provide a notice of furnishing labor or materials by certified or registered mail to the…

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