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New Hampshire Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

If contractors and suppliers don鈥檛 get paid on a construction project in New Hampshire, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. This page breaks down the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file a New Hampshire mechanics lien.

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New Hampshire lien deadlines for:

Preliminary notice deadlines

None.

Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days

Lien must be filed within 120 days of last providing labor or materials. However, in New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court.

Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court in the same 120-day deadline as the lien itself.

Preliminary notice deadlines
30 days

Best Practice: Notice of lien rights served on owner prior to providing labor or materials.

Delivery of written account of labor and/or material furnished every 30 days (for the previous 30 days).

Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days

Lien must be filed within 120 days of last providing labor or materials. However, in New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court.

Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court in the same 120-day deadline as the lien itself.

Preliminary notice deadlines
30 days

Best Practice: Notice of lien rights served on owner prior to providing labor or materials.

Delivery of written account of labor and/or material furnished every 30 days (for the previous 30 days).

Mechanics liens deadlines
120 days

Lien must be filed within 120 days of last providing labor or materials. However, in New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court.

Enforcement deadlines
120 days

In New Hampshire, the lien is not recorded prior to the legal action to enforce it so a lien claimant must file an Ex Parte Petition to Secure Mechanics Lien with the court in the same 120-day deadline as the lien itself.