A disaster services company contacted our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division in early June to record a lien against a Owner whose residence in Westchester County, New York had suffered from severe sewage damage in the basement of their home.
Unlike nearby Nassua County, which makes recording a lien almost impossible for the average person, the Westchester County Clerk’s office recorded and returned a lien sent by mail from our headquarters in California in one week. Recording a lien in Westchester County must include the street address of the property, Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN), Section, Lot and Block numbers. Unlike most lien recordings, there is not a legal description provided, nor available, for property in Westchester County.
When recording a NEW YORK Notice Under Mechanic’s Lien Law For Account Of Private Improvement, you not only record the lien, but you also record with a copy of the lien a Affidavit Of Service By Certified Mail. This affects the fees you pay to record a lien. Cost for Westchester County for the lien itself $15, regardless of the number of pages. In addition, you must include an Affidavit fee of $5, thus making the cost to record $20 total. The office does accept out of state business checks.
You can include at no charge a conformed copy with a self addressed stamped envelope, but the Clerk’s office returned original copy of the lien, the Affidavit and the conformed copy by mail the same day it was received and recorded.
Claimants are required to file suit to foreclose on a NEW YORK Notice Under Mechanic’s Lien Law For Account Of Private Improvement within one (1) year from the date the lien was recorded.