Every state has individual lien laws that you must follow to ensure your construction lien is valid and enforceable. The confusing part is figuring out what the laws of your specific state actually are. We’re here to take away the complexity and confusion and give it to you straight. If you work in Kansas and need to know the lien laws, this is the spot for you. Here, we break down exactly what the state of Kansas requires of you to properly file a valid construction lien and bond claim.
How to File a Lien in Kansas:
- Place 3* Contractors and above have lien rights.
- Liens are filed with the clerk of the District Court of the county where the property is located.
- You must file suit to enforce your lien within one (1) year of it being filed or it expires.
- Place 1* Contractors must file their liens within four (4) months of last work and/or material supplied.
- Place 2 & 3* Contractors must file their lien within three (3) months of the last work performed and/or materials supplied.
- You must either personally serve the lien or deliver the lien via restricted mail delivery to the owner.
How to File a Residential Lien in Kansas:
- You must personally serve the owner with the lien.
- You must send a warning statement.
How to Have a Valid Bond Claim in Kansas:
- Only Place 3* Contractors and above have bond claim rights.
- You do not need to give notice before you file suit unless the language in the bond requires it.
If you work in Kansas, protect your payment and ensure your liens are never again invalid. You deserve to be paid for your work, so file your liens the right way. If you’d like someone else to take care of filing your construction lien or bond claim, and do it the right way, contact an experienced Kansas lien lawyer who knows construction law. Our sister company, The Cromeens Law Firm, has a 90% success rate of collections before having to foreclose on a lien, saving you costly legal fees. Learning the lien laws for your state is step one.
*The “places” referenced in the rules above correlate to the Construction Food Chain Chart from Karalynn Cromeens’ book,
Quit Getting Stiffed. The chart can be found here to use when following these lien and bond rules.