It appears that subcontractors and suppliers of any tier are allowed to claim a mechanics lien in Vermont.
It is not clear whether design professionals are able to claim a lien.
Here are Vermont mechanics lien law allows broad protection regarding who can file a mechanics lien.
The law includes any party who furnished labor or materials in the “erecting, moving, or altering improvements to real property under contract with the property owner, owner’s agent, contractor or subcontractor of owner.” There does not appear to be a limit on which tier of subcontractor can file a lien, but it is unclear on whether design professionals – such as architects and engineers – can file a lien.
One step alone is not sufficient, both steps are necessary. In Vermont, mechanics liens follow the general “first-in-time, first-in-right” rule.Since lien waivers are unregulated, be careful when reviewing and signing lien waivers.See this article: Should You Sign That Lien Waiver?The only information actually required by statute to be included on the lien is the date the payment became due and the claimant’s signature.
While not required, it is best to include the legal property description or some other identification of the property, for indexing purposes.
This way, you are sure to be within the timeline of the project as a whole, and are not in danger of missing the period to file a valid lien.