Improvement Lien Law and Legal Definition

Improvement lien is a lien recognized in equity in a proper case for the benefit of one who claims compensation for an improvement made on the land of another. An improvement lien may be a public improvement lien or a private improvement lien. A public improvement lien attaches to funds due and owing to the contractor while a private improvement lien attaches to the improved property itself or the owner's interest therein. [In re Allgeier & Dyer, Inc., 18 B.R. 82 (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 1982)]