Need to caclulate 120 days from date of last furnishing for a notice of lien?

Just a quick resource note:

Photo by Andres Rueda via Flickr*


As anyone who has had the misfortune of sitting through the North Carolina General Contractor’s exam can tell you, there are two very important deadlines to keep in mind if you are not getting paid on a project– 120 days and 180 days.  These are dates associated with filing a Notice of Claim of Lien on Real Property  and Notice of Claim of Lien upon Funds, and the date associated with perfecting  a Claim of Lien with a Complaint.  Once these dates have passed, you may still sue to collect unpaid fees, but your statutory lien rights are lost (and with them, your most likely chance to get attorney fees). There is no room for error here.   One good site to bookmark is this online Date Calculator.  Use it to plug in the date of last furnishing to determine your notice and complaint deadlines.   For future reference, I have added a permanent link to this calculator to the “Resources” page.

50 state lien law resource:

If you need to know the basic notice and filing requirements of lien laws in other states, check out this article which details mechanic lien law information  in  all 50 states.


 Photo “ASIO fx-991MS SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR” by Andres Rueda via Flickr and made available via an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License.  


9 thoughts on “Need to caclulate 120 days from date of last furnishing for a notice of lien?

  1. Shawn says:

    I have an notarized Contractors, Subcontractor, Laborers, and/or materialsmans lien waiver from the general contractor stating that all parties have been paid when we closed on our home.

    Roughly 90 days later I have had 2 subcontractor send notice that they were placing a lien on my home for $1,456 and $1,963.

    What is my best course of action, I have called each of the sub-contractor and indicated that I have a lien wavier from the General contractor who sub-contracted the work out. Should I send a copy of this via certified letter?


    • Melissa Dewey Brumback says:

      While I cannot comment on your specific situation, in general a lien waiver by a general contractor will cut off the rights of the subcontractors under him. If you have title insurance, report these claims to them, and they can handle the situation for you. (If you have a mortgage, you most definitely have title insurance whether you are aware of it or not– ask your closing attorney). If you don’t have title insurance, one option would be as you suggest, although that may not convince every sub to drop his case. You should prevail in court, but may need to jump through some hoops to do so. If I can help in any way, drop me an email at mbrumback at

    • MelissaBrumback says:


      If the date for filing a lien is past, the contractor can still bring a lawsuit for breach of contract so long as the 3 year statute of limitations has not expired. If you are the owner on a project where a lien was wrongly filed, if it does not get perfected by 180 days then it is the same as if it never existed as far as the title goes.

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