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How do I find out if there are any liens on my property?

There are several ways you may search records to find out if there are liens on your property. You can search court records on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:, or you can contact your County Recorder’s Office, a title company, or an attorney to search for you.

What is a mechanics lien?

A “mechanics lien” reserves the right of the filer to seek compensation for work done on a property.

How do I file a mechanic’s lien?

Mechanics liens can involve complicated legal questions. See Iowa Code chapter 572. The Iowa Secretary of State website,, provides information on mechanic’s liens, but due to potential complications concerning questions of law and notice, you should talk to an attorney.

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