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Residence Lien Recovery Fund
Important LRF License Renewal Information

    There is no 2015 special assessment fee required. If your LRF membership states that it will expire on November 30, 2015 the membership will automatically continue until the next special assessment.

    If you are a professional architect, engineer, landscape surveyor or other licensed professional, choosing to not pay this fee will have no impact on your professional license.
    Joining the lien recovery fund was a requirement for licensure as a professional from May 1995 to May 1996. You likely joined the lien recovery fund during that period to avoid losing your professional license. Because of a change in 1996, remaining a member of the lien recovery fund for these types of professionals is entirely voluntary.

Mission Statement

    The Utah Residence Lien Recovery Fund is an alternate payment source for contractors, laborers or suppliers whose liens are voided because a homeowner qualifies for protection under the Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery Fund Act.

Program History

    In 1994, the Utah Legislature recognized a problem within the residential construction industry. A few contractors were taking money for construction but not paying subcontractors and suppliers. Therefore, homeowners had to pay the subcontractors and suppliers directly to prevent loss of the home due to lien foreclosure. In effect, the homeowner had to pay twice for the same product or service. To correct this inequity, the legislature passed the Utah Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery Fund Act.

Who can I contact for lien filing assistance?

    The legislature has not authorized any state agency to assist contractors with filing, enforcing, collecting, etc. on any type of lien. All lien-related activities are handled through the civil court. Therefore, no one in state government can provide advice on how to file or enforce a lien. Persons needing such assistance are encouraged to obtain a copy of the laws related to mechanics’ liens.

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