N.Y. Lien Law Section 39-A
Liability of lienor where lien has been declared void on account of wilful exaggeration


Where in any action or proceeding to enforce a mechanic’s lien upon a private or public improvement the court shall have declared said lien to be void on account of wilful exaggeration the person filing such notice of lien shall be liable in damages to the owner or contractor. The damages which said owner or contractor shall be entitled to recover, shall include the amount of any premium for a bond given to obtain the discharge of the lien or the interest on any money deposited for the purpose of discharging the lien, reasonable attorney’s fees for services in securing the discharge of the lien, and an amount equal to the difference by which the amount claimed to be due or to become due as stated in the notice of lien exceeded the amount actually due or to become due thereon.

Source: Section 39-A — Liability of lienor where lien has been declared void on account of wilful exaggeration, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/LIE/39-A (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 20, 2024).

3
Mechanic’s lien on real property
4
Extent of lien
4‑A
Insurance proceeds liable for demands
5
Liens under contracts for public improvements
6
Liens for labor on railroads
7
Liability for advance payments, collusive mortgages and incumbrances
8
Terms of contract may be demanded
9
Contents of notice of lien
10
Filing of notice of lien
11
Service of copy of notice of lien
11‑A
Notice of completion and acceptance may be demanded
11‑B
Copy of notice of lien to a contractor or subcontractor
11‑C
Copy of notice of lien to a contractor or subcontractor with respect to public improvements liens
12
Notice of lien on account of public improvements
12‑A
Amendment
13
Priority of liens
14
Assignment of lien
15
Assignments of contracts and orders to be filed
16
Assignment of contracts and orders for public improvement to be filed
17
Duration of lien
18
Duration of lien under contract for a public improvement
19
Discharge of lien for private improvement
20
Discharge of lien after notice of lien filed by payment of money into court
21
Discharge of lien for public improvement
21‑A
Vacating lien for a public improvement, by order of court
22
Building loan contract
23
Construction of article
24
Enforcement of mechanic’s lien
25
Priority of liens and assignments under contracts for public improvements
26
Subordination of liens after agreement with owner
28
Lien of certain judgments postponed
29
Subordination of liens to subsequent mortgage
30
Subordination of notices of lis pendens
31
Discharge of liens on sale of real property
32
Certain liens and claims not to be affected
33
Certain sections not to apply to laborers’ liens
34
Waiver of lien
35
Waiver of arbitration
37
Bond to discharge all liens
38
Itemized statement may be required of lienor
39
Lien wilfully exaggerated is void
39‑A
Liability of lienor where lien has been declared void on account of wilful exaggeration
39‑C
Repossession of materials not used

Accessed:
Jul. 20, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 39-A’s source at nysenate​.gov

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