How to Remove a Lien in Wisconsin
Construction liens are powerful tools for contractors to recover money they are owed on a construction project. However, sometimes legitimate reasons cause an owner or a general contractor to withhold payment from a contractor or subcontractor. For example, if the workmanship is poor or the contractor claims completion of more work than actually performed. The contractor can gain leverage by filing a lien in such circumstances. The lien may create problems between an owner and their lender. A subcontractor lien may create problems between a general contractor and the owner. Sometimes an owner or general contractor may want to remove a lien from the property before resolving the dispute with the lien-claimant. There are several ways this can be done.
Filing an Undertaking of A Wisconsin Lien
Return of Deposited Funds
If the lien claimant files suit and prevails, the lien claimant may recover the funds paid into the court. During the suit, the property is not encumbered and the owner may transfer the property. As a practical matter, the undertaking eliminates much of the contractor’s leverage against the owner for a payment dispute.