NRS 108.239
Action to enforce notice of lien: Complaint

  • required notices
  • joinder of persons holding or claiming notice of lien
  • consolidation of actions
  • hearing and judgment
  • preferential trial setting
  • binding arbitration
  • sale of property.


A notice of lien may be enforced by an action in any court of competent jurisdiction that is located within the county where the property upon which the work of improvement is located, on setting out in the complaint the particulars of the demand, with a description of the property to be charged with the lien.


At the time of filing the complaint and issuing the summons, the lien claimant shall:


File a notice of pendency of the action in the manner provided in NRS 14.010; and


Cause a notice of foreclosure to be published at least once a week for 3 successive weeks, in one newspaper published in the county, and if there is no newspaper published in the county, then in such mode as the court may determine, notifying all persons holding or claiming a notice of lien pursuant to the provisions of NRS 108.221 to 108.246, inclusive, on the property to file with the clerk and serve on the lien claimant and also on the defendant, if the defendant is within the State or is represented by counsel, written statements of the facts constituting their liens, together with the dates and amounts thereof.


All persons holding or claiming a notice of lien may join a lien claimant’s action by filing a statement of facts within a reasonable time after publication of the notice of foreclosure or receiving notice of the foreclosure, whichever occurs later. Any number of persons claiming liens may join in the same action if they timely file a statement of facts in the lien claimant’s action. The lien claimant and other parties adversely interested must be allowed 20 days to answer the statements.


If it appears from the records of the county recorder that there are other notices of lien recorded against the same property at the time of the commencement of the action, the lien claimant shall, in addition to and after the initial publication of the notice of foreclosure as provided in paragraph (b) of subsection 2, mail to those other lien claimants, by registered or certified mail, or deliver in person a copy of the notice of foreclosure as published.


At the time of any change in the venue of the action, the lien claimant shall file a notice of pendency of the action, in the manner provided in NRS 14.010, and include in the notice the court and county to which the action is changed.


When separate actions are commenced by lien claimants to foreclose on their respective notices of lien, the court may consolidate all the actions. The consolidation does not affect or change the priority of lien claims.


The court shall enter judgment according to the right of the parties, and shall, by decree, proceed to hear and determine the claims in a summary way, or may, if it be the district court, refer the claims to a special master to ascertain and report upon the liens and the amount justly due thereon. No consequential damages may be recovered in an action pursuant to this section. All liens not so exhibited shall be deemed to be waived in favor of those which are so exhibited.


Upon petition by a lien claimant for a preferential trial setting:


The court shall give preference in setting a date for the trial of an action brought pursuant to this section; and


If a lien action is designated as complex by the court, the court may take into account the rights and claims of all lien claimants in setting a date for the preferential trial.


If the lienable amount of a lien claimant’s lien is the subject of binding arbitration:


The court may, at the request of a party to the arbitration, stay the lien claimant’s action to foreclose the lien pending the outcome of the binding arbitration. If the foreclosure on the lien involves the rights of other lien claimants or persons whose claims are not the subject of the binding arbitration, the court may stay the lien claimant’s foreclosure proceeding only upon terms which are just and which afford the lien claimant a fair opportunity to protect his or her lien rights and priorities with respect to other lien claimants and persons.


Upon the granting of an award by the arbitrator, any party to the arbitration may seek an order from the court in the action to foreclose on the lien confirming or adopting the award and determining the lienable amount of the lien claimant’s lien in accordance with the order, if any. Upon determining the lienable amount, the court shall enter a judgment or decree for the lienable amount, plus all amounts that may be awarded by the court to the lien claimant pursuant to NRS 108.237, and the court may include as part of the lien all costs and attorney’s fees awarded to the lien claimant by the arbitrator and all costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the lien claimant pertaining to any application or motion to confirm, adopt, modify or correct the award of the arbitrator. A judgment or decree entered by the court pursuant to this subsection may be enforced against the property as provided in subsections 10, 11 and 12.


On ascertaining the whole amount of the liens with which the property is justly chargeable, as provided in NRS 108.221 to 108.246, inclusive, the court shall cause the property to be sold in satisfaction of all liens and the costs of sale, including all amounts awarded to all lien claimants pursuant to NRS 108.237, and any party in whose favor judgment may be rendered may cause the property to be sold within the time and in the manner provided for sales on execution, issued out of any district court, for the sale of real property.


If the proceeds of sale, after payment of the costs of sale, are not sufficient to satisfy all liens to be included in the decree of sale, including all amounts awarded to all lien claimants pursuant to NRS 108.237, the proceeds must be apportioned according to the right of the various lien claimants. If the proceeds of the sale amount to more than the sum of all liens and the cost of sale, the remainder must be paid over to the owner of the property.


Each party whose claim is not satisfied in the manner provided in this section is entitled to personal judgment for the residue against the party legally liable for it if that person has been personally summoned or has appeared in the action.

Source: Section 108.239 — Action to enforce notice of lien: Complaint; required notices; joinder of persons holding or claiming notice of lien; consolidation of actions; hearing and judgment; preferential trial setting; binding arbitration; sale of property., https://www.­leg.­state.­nv.­us/NRS/NRS-108.­html#NRS108Sec239.

Lien on property, improvements and construction disbursement account
Priority of liens.
Perfection of lien: Time for recording notice of lien
Service of copy of notice of lien.
Notice of completion: Recording
Recording and service of amended notice of lien
Notice of lien against two or more separate buildings or mining claims: Designation of amount due on each
Notice of lien to be recorded
Duration of lien.
Recording of notice of nonresponsibility by disinterested owner
Amount recoverable by prime contractor
Court must declare rank of lien claimants or class of lien claimants
Award of lienable amount, cost of preparing and recording notice of lien, costs of proceedings and representation and other amounts to prevailing lien claimant
Right to maintain civil action or submit controversy to arbitration not impaired.
Action to enforce notice of lien: Complaint
Assignment of lien.
Limitation on filing complaint for foreclosure of notice of lien.
Notice of right to lien: Form
“Contract” defined.
“Lien claimant” defined.
“Prime contract” defined.
“Surety bond” defined.
Frivolous or excessive notice of lien: Motion
Lessee to record notice of posted security and either establish construction disbursement account or record surety bond before beginning work of improvement
Lien claimant has lien upon funds in construction disbursement account
Release of lien rights or notice of lien by posting surety bond.
Form of surety bond posted to release lien
Action against principal and surety on surety bond and debtor: Action before or after surety bond is recorded
Enforcement of liability of principal and surety.
Exception to sufficiency of surety or surety bond
Discharge of notice of lien: Marginal entries
Discharge of notice of lien: Recording by lien claimant
Term of contract that attempts to waive or impair lien rights of contractor, subcontractor or supplier void
“Agent of the owner” defined.
“Building” defined.
“Commencement of construction” defined.
“Completion of the work of improvement” defined.
“Construction control” defined.
“Equipment” defined.
“Improvement” defined.
“Lien” defined.
“Lienable amount” defined.
“Material” defined.
“Notice of lien” defined.
“Owner” defined.
“Prevailing lien claimant” defined.
“Prime contractor” defined.
“Principal” defined.
“Property” defined.
“Surety” defined.
“Work” defined.
“Work of improvement” defined.
Last Updated

Jun. 24, 2021

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