Stated most simply, a builders lien is a piece of paper which a person who supplied work or materials in respect of a construction project can file in the Land Title Office against title to the land which was improved by the work or materials.
Stated differently, a builders lien is a special right of recovery provided by the Builders Lien Act to persons who provided labour or supplied materials to a construction project in British Columbia. The term “construction project” is used broadly because it is not only labour and material provided for new developments that qualify for builders liens, but liens may be claimed when any land is worked on or building is erected, altered, repaired, or added to. Therefore, contractors or material suppliers who have contributed to any improvement in British Columbia may be able to file builders liens for recovery of at least part payment for the value they added to the improvement. According to the Builders Lien Act, if a person with a valid lien claim is not paid voluntarily, the land on which the improvement occurred may be sold to provide the payment due according to the legislation.
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