Chattel Lien Law and Legal Definition

Chattel lien refers to a statutory lien that secures payment for labor or materials supplied in improving, repairing, or maintaining real or personal property. Personal property may include chattel, building, an automobile, or the like. It is also known as artisan’s lien or garageman’s lien.

In Johnson v. McCook, 1 So. 2d 359, 360 (La.App. 2 Cir. 1941), it was held that chattel lien is to be included in the mortgage by means of general language, which should be supplemented by an itemized list of the major items, covering all chattels at present located on the mortgaged property and any added during the life of the loan.