Can a lawn maintenance company put a lien on my house or send my bill to collections if I refuse to pay the total because services weren’t completed?

UPDATED: Mar 30, 2012

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Can a lawn maintenance company put a lien on my house or send my bill to collections if I refuse to pay the total because services weren’t completed?

I hired a lawn maintenance company to mow, fertilize, and maintain my lawn. They have mowed, but not maintained. My lawn is dead in many spots and has some fungus that they have not taken care of. I was promised verbally by the owner 3 times in the past year and a half that he would fix my lawn by raking and reseeding and he has not done this. He is demanding payment for all the lawn services. I have paid him partially but refused to pay the rest until he fixes my lawn. Now he is threatening to put a lien on my house and send my bill to collections.

Asked on March 30, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Illinois


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not the lawn maintenance company can legally lien your property for not making payments under the presumed lawn maintenance agreement depends upon what any written agreement that you signed states. As such, I recommend that you read any agreement that you have with this company carefully in that it will answer your question.

If the agreement is silent as to the liening of your property, under the laws of all states, the lawn maintenance person who is presumably not a licensed contractor is not allowed to lien your home for unpaid bills. However, he or she can send your account to collections.

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