WHO MAY FILE A MECHANIC’S LIEN IN ARIZONA AND FOR WHAT?
In a commercial project, most anyone that provides services or materials may file a lien for the amount owed. In a residential project, the entity or individual must have a contract directly with the owner.
Any contractor, whether general or subcontractor, must have a valid license issued by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors in order to have lien rights against an owner’s property.
The lien is given a 20% variance over the stated amount, but must be amended and served if the amount owed increases over that amount.
Contractor licensing is required for “any business which contracts or offers to contract to build, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, move, wreck or demolish any building…, or to do any part of the work detailed above.
Exceptions to the licensing requirement include a small “handyman exception” for small dollar amounts that are not part of a larger project. There is also an exception for manufacturer-installers that install their own product.