Vanderburgh County Mechanics Lien Form (Indiana)

All Vanderburgh County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Mechanics Lien Form

Vanderburgh County Mechanics Lien Form

Fill in the blank Mechanics Lien form formatted to comply with all Indiana recording and content requirements.
Included Vanderburgh County compliant document last validated/updated 7/18/2024

Mechanics Lien Guide

Vanderburgh County Mechanics Lien Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Vanderburgh County compliant document last validated/updated 6/27/2024

Completed Example of the Mechanics Lien Document

Vanderburgh County Completed Example of the Mechanics Lien Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Vanderburgh County compliant document last validated/updated 4/18/2024

When using these Mechanics Lien forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Vanderburgh County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Vanderburgh County Recorder

Civic Center Complex - 1 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Rm 231 / PO Box 1037, Evansville, Indiana 47708-1037

Hours: 8:00 to 4:30 M-F

Phone: (812) 435 5215

Local jurisdictions located in Vanderburgh County include:

  • Evansville
  • Inglefield

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  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
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Can the Mechanics Lien forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Vanderburgh County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Vanderburgh County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Indiana or Vanderburgh County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

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Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

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Mechanic's liens are used to compel an owner or other party to pay an outstanding bill for a work of improvement on real property. For instance, a contractor that completes work on a property might get stiffed on a bill due to disagreement about the scope of work or a baseless complaint about the finished job. Because liens prevent an owner from selling or refinancing a property (or make it difficult to do so), liens are an effective remedy for contractors and other parties to earn their payment.

In Indiana, mechanic's liens are available to a contractor, subcontractor, mechanic, or a lessor leasing construction and other equipment and tools. IC 32-28-3-1(a). Such liens can be granted to parties involved in the erection, alteration, repair, or removal of a house, mill, manufactory, or other building. Id. They are also available for operations involving waterworks, earthmoving, or other drainage and sewerage works. Id.

Any eligible claimant can get a lien, either separately or jointly, on the structure or property that the person erected, altered, repaired, moved, or removed. IC 32-28-3-1(b). The same terms apply to parties who furnished materials or machinery. Id. A claimant can also levy a lien on the interest of the owner of the lot or parcel of land on which the structure or improvement stands or with which the structure or improvement is connected. Id. The lien is limited, however, to the extent of the value of any labor done or the material furnished, or both, including any use of the leased equipment and tools. Id. For parties providing labor only, any claims for wages of employed mechanics and laborers will be in the form of a lien on the machinery, tools, stock, material, or finished or unfinished work. IC 32-28-3-1(c).

To claim a lien, the claimant selling or furnishing labor, material, or machinery for an owner occupied single or double family dwelling to anyone other than the occupying owner or the owner's legal representative, must furnish the occupying owner a written notice of the delivery or work and of the existence of lien rights not later than thirty (30) days after the date of first delivery or labor performed. IC 32-28-3-1(h). The Notice of Furnishing is a required step to acquire a lien upon the lot or parcel of land or the improvement on the lot or parcel of land. Id. If the project is a single or double family dwelling intended for the occupying owner, then the written notice must be furnished to the owner of the real estate along with a written notice of delivery or labor and the existence of lien rights not later than sixty (60) days after the date of the first delivery or labor performed. IC 32-28-3-1(i). Additionally, a copy of the written notice must be filed in the recorder's office of the county where the property is situated, not later than sixty (60) days after the date of the first delivery or labor performed. Id

Filing the actual mechanic's lien is accomplished by recording a document called a "Notice of Intention to Hold Mechanic's Lien." The required notices described above must have been sent or else the lien will be limited to any time after such notice is sent. Any person who wishes to acquire a lien upon public property or property held by three or more tenants, whether the claim is due or not, must file in duplicate a sworn statement and notice of the person's intention to hold a lien upon the property for the amount of the claim: (1) in the recorder's office of the county; and (2) not later than ninety (90) days after performing labor or furnishing materials or machinery. IC 32-28-3-3(a).

Any person who wishes to acquire a lien upon property held as a dwelling unit, whether the claim is due or not, must file in duplicate a sworn statement and notice of the person's intention to hold a lien upon the property for the amount of the claim: (1) in the recorder's office of the county; and (2) not later than sixty (60) days after performing labor or furnishing materials or machinery. IC 32-28-3-3(b).

The statement and notice of intention to hold a lien may be verified and filed on behalf of a client by an attorney registered with the clerk of the supreme court as an attorney in good standing under the requirements of the supreme court. Id.

A statement and notice of intention to hold a lien filed under this section must specifically set forth: (1) the amount claimed; (2) the name and address of the claimant; (3) the owner's: (A) name; and (B) latest address as shown on the property tax records of the county; and (4) the: (A) legal description; and (B) street and number, if any; of the lot or land on which the house, mill, manufactory or other buildings, bridge, reservoir, system of waterworks, or other structure may stand or be connected with or to which it may be removed. IC 32-28-3-3(c).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for advice from an attorney. Please consult with an Indiana attorney for any questions regarding filing mechanic's liens.

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