Ward Announces Legislation to Shield Property Owners from Unfair Liens

Harrisburg – State Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) is introducing legislation to protect consumers in the wake of complaints regarding contractors performing tornado-related home repairs.

Senator Ward’s legislation would amend the Mechanics’ Lien law to eliminate mechanics’ lien rights for subcontractors who performed work on residential property, if the property owner has already paid the prime contractor in full.

Several out-of-state roofing companies have set up shop in the 39th Senatorial District to replace tornado-damaged roofs. One of them, Prime Roofing LLC. of Texas, completed several jobs for residents and failed to pay the roofing supplier. In turn, the roofing supplier, ABC Supply Co., Inc., used current law to file mechanics’ liens against the property owners, even though the property owners paid Prime Roofing LLC. in full. There are at least 17 Westmoreland County property owners facing mechanics’ liens totaling more than $64,000.

“Once homeowners pay a contractor for work done to their home, they shouldn’t be forced to pay again because a shady contractor didn’t pay his own bills to suppliers,” stated Ward.  “This legislation will ensure that liens are not unfairly filed against innocent home owners,” continued Ward.

In addition, Ward has written to state Attorney General Linda Kelly requesting that her office investigate the business dealings of Prime Roofing LLC and its principles, along with ABC Supply Co. Inc.

“With the recent increase in natural disasters throughout Pennsylvania, we have a duty to provide this relief to property owners as quickly as possible,” finished Ward.

Contact:  Tom Aikens
(724) 600-7002