How to Put a Lien on a House in Connecticut

By Melly Parker
Placing a lien against someone's property should be done after they fail to pay their debts.

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If you're owed money in Connecticut, you may choose to place a lien against a house owned by the debtor that allows you to receive the money you're owed based on the debtor's interest in the house. You must have allowed the debtor to pay you the money owed voluntarily before placing a lien on their property. You must also have evidence that the debt is valid and that the debtor is the one who owes you that money.

Hire a lawyer and show them evidence of the debt owed to you. Request that they file a judgment against the debtor asking for both the debt owed and attorney's fees.

Ask the judge at the hearing for proof that the debt is reasonable, legal and owed to you by the debtor. You have to have a money judgment against a debtor to file a lien in Connecticut.

Go to the Town Clerk's Office and tell them you wish to file a lien. Give them the name and address of the debtor and their house. For a listing of Connecticut Town Clerks see the Resources Section.

Sign the lien or have your lawyer sign the lien. In Connecticut, liens remain on property for 20 years. You can choose to foreclose on the house as a way to recoup the debt owed to you, if you wish.

About the Author

Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.

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