§ 34-28-1 Improvements by consent of owner – Contracts barring enforcement of lien against public policy
§ 34-28-2 Improvements by consent of tenant or lessee
§ 34-28-3 Improvements by consent of owner of less than freehold
§ 34-28-3.1 Materials to include rental or lease of any equipment
§ 34-28-4 Notice of intention to claim lien
§ 34-28-4.1 Contractors
§ 34-28-5 Recording notice of intention
§ 34-28-7 Lien of architect or engineer
§ 34-28-8 Land subject to lien
§ 34-28-9 Effective period of notice
§ 34-28-10 Complaint to enforce lien – Lis pendens notice
§ 34-28-11 Contents of lis pendens
§ 34-28-12 Recording of lis pendens
§ 34-28-13 Form of complaint to enforce lien
§ 34-28-14 Notice of complaint to owners and encumbrancers
§ 34-28-15 Contents and service of citation to owners and encumbrancers
§ 34-28-16 Entry of appearance and filing of account or claim
§ 34-28-16.1 Petition to foreclose mortgage
§ 34-28-16.2 Proceedings in superior court
§ 34-28-17 Dismissal of complaint, notice of lien, and release of lien upon deposit in court
§ 34-28-17.1 Dismissal of complaint for other cause
§ 34-28-18 Consolidation of proceedings by different lienholders
§ 34-28-19 Costs of proceedings
§ 34-28-20 Persons entitled to contest claims
§ 34-28-21 Decree ordering sale
§ 34-28-22 Court instructions as to sale
§ 34-28-23 Application of proceeds of sale
§ 34-28-24 Master’s bond
§ 34-28-25 Priority of liens
§ 34-28-26 Subordination or release of lien
§ 34-28-27 Direct payment on release of lien
§ 34-28-28 Damages on withholding direct payment or consent thereto
§ 34-28-29 Form of demand for direct payment
§ 34-28-30 Suit on bond to secure payment
§ 34-28-31 Application to governmental agencies
§ 34-28-32 Contractor excused from completing work upon filing of complaint
§ 34-28-32.2 Construction
§ 34-28-33 Remedy of chapter not exclusive
§ 34-28-34 Definitions
§ 34-28-35 Form of real estate description
§ 34-28-36 Short title
§ 34-28-37 Severability

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 34-28 - Mechanics' Liens

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Dower: A widow
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • individual person: means only a natural person. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-28-34
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • materials: when used in this chapter shall also include the rental or lease of any equipment. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-28-3.1
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgage: as used in this chapter means construction mortgages, so called, which are given to secure the payment of a sum certain which is to be advanced at stated times or intervals. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-28-34
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Person: as used in this chapter means corporations, partnerships, or other organizations or entities, except that the words "individual person" means only a natural person. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-28-34
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • real estate: may be construed to include lands, tenements, and hereditaments and rights thereto and interests therein. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-10
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • town: may be construed to include city; the words "town council" include city council; the words "town clerk" include city clerk; the words "ward clerk" include clerk of election district; the words "town treasurer" include city treasurer; and the words "town sergeant" include city sergeant. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-9