Superlien Law and Legal Definition

Superlien refers to a statutory lien that is superior to all existing liens and all later-filed liens on the same property. Sometimes superliens are also granted to a state’s environmental-protection agency. Several states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Tennessee have enacted statutes creating superliens on property owned by a party responsible for environmental clean up.

The superlien provision is one of the tools provided by the statute to aid the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in ensuring that cleanup is prompt and efficient. [229 Main St. Ltd. Pshp. v. Department of Environmental Protection (In re 229 Main St. Ltd. Pshp.), 251 B.R. 186 (D. Mass. 2000)].