Builder's Lien Law and Legal Definition

Builder’s lien is a statutory charge against real property by those who have contributed material or manpower to its improvement. This is most often known as construction lien or mechanic's lien. In the late 1800s, when builders' liens were becoming in vogue, manual or skilled laborers were commonly known as mechanics. With the advent of the automobile, the term became closely associated with vehicle repair. Therefore, the term builders' lien was eventually preferred.