Understanding the lien laws in your state is the first step to securing your payment on the projects you work on. It’s important that you comprehend them to better protect your business. We’re here to take away the complexity and confusion and give it to you straight. If you work in New Hampshire and need to know the lien laws, this is the site for you. Here, we break down exactly what the state of New Hampshire requires for you to properly file a valid construction lien or bond. 

How to File a Valid Lien in New Hampshire:

  • Place 2* and below Contractors and Material Suppliers must send notice to the owner that you are supplying work and/or materials before you provide the work and/or materials to have lien rights. 
  • Place 2* and below Contractors and Material Suppliers must send notice to the owner every thirty (30) days after they start providing work and/or materials with the statement of the account.
  • You must file your lien within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the last work performed and/or materials supplied. Liens must be approved by the court to be filed. 

How to Have a Valid Bond Claim in New Hampshire: 

  • A bond is required on public projects of more than $35,000.
  • You must provide notice of your claim to the Secretary of State within ninety (90) days of completion of the project. 
  • Suit to enforce your bond claim must be brought within one (1) year of sending the notice.

If you work in New Hampshire, you need to commit the above rules to memory. Should you neglect to follow them, you’ll miss out on being paid what you are owed. If you’d prefer someone else to take care of filing your construction lien or bond, and do it the right way, contact an experienced New Hampshire lien lawyer who knows construction law. Our sister company, The Cromeens Law Firm, has a lien and collections team ready to take care of it for you. Take advantage of your leverage, and file them on time, and properly. 

*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.