How do I put a lien on some furniture I have been storing for someone?

04/29/2009 - Abandoned Property - State: ALL #16449

Full Question:

We have a contract to store property for a client of ours (furniture valued at about $3,000), client is in breach of contract and does not want to pay for storage. My question is What sort of lien do I file on the property and how do I file it?

Answer:

If you are a storage facility, the following statutes govern liens:

87.687 Self-service storage facility owner's possessory lien; attachment of lien; priority of lien.

(1) The owner of a self-service storage facility has a lien upon all personal property, whether or not owned by the occupant, that is located in a specified storage space rented by an occupant at the facility to secure payment for rent, reasonable or agreed charges for labor, materials or other services provided by the owner at the request of the occupant, expenses necessarily incurred in preserving the personal property and expenses reasonably incurred in the sale or other disposition of the personal property under ORS 87.689 The owner may retain the personal property until the rent and other charges and expenses are paid.
(2) The lien created by this section attaches to personal property of an occupant at the time at which the personal property is stored at the self-service storage facility.
(3) Except for a lien or security interest that is perfected prior to the attachment of the lien created by this section, the lien created by this section has priority over any other lien or security interest or

87.689 Notice of foreclosure and sale.

(1) The lien created by ORS 87.687 may be foreclosed upon default by the occupant.
(2) Before an owner may foreclose a lien created by ORS 87.687 by sale, the owner shall give notice of the foreclosure and sale to the occupant by registered or certified mail sent to the occupant at the last known address of the occupant.
(3) Notice provided under this section shall include:
(a) An itemized statement of the owner's claim showing the sum due at the time of notice.
(b) An identification of the specific unit rented by the occupant at the self-service storage facility.
(c) A statement that access to the occupant's personal property stored at the self-service storage facility is denied, if such denial is permitted under the terms of the rental agreement.
(d) A demand for payment within a specified time not earlier than 30 days after default.
(e) A conspicuous statement declaring that, unless the claim is paid within the time stated in the notice, the personal property will be advertised for sale and will be sold at a specified time and place.
(f) The name, street address and telephone number of the owner or the owner's designated agent whom the occupant may contact to respond to the notice.
(4) Any notice given under this section is presumed delivered when it is properly addressed with postage prepaid and deposited with the United States Postal Service. encumbrance on the personal property subject to the lien. The lien statutes below may apply if you are not a storage facility:

87.152 Possessory lien for labor or material expended on chattel.

A person who makes, alters, repairs, transports, stores, pastures, cares for, provides services for, supplies materials for or performs labor on a chattel at the request of the owner or lawful possessor of the chattel has a lien on that chattel in the possession of the person for the reasonable or agreed charges for labor, materials or services of the person, and the person may retain possession of the chattel until those charges are paid.

87.176 Fees for storage of chattel; notice to lien debtor; effect of failure to comply.

(1) When the lien claimed under ORS 87.152 is for other than the storage of a chattel, if the lien claimant incurs expenses in storing the chattel prior to foreclosure, the lien claimant may charge reasonable fees for the storage of the chattel for a period not exceeding six months from the date that the lien attaches to the chattel. A lien claimant seeking to recover storage fees for storage expenses incurred prior to foreclosure shall send a written notice, within 20 days from the date that the storage fees began to accrue, to the lien debtor and every other person that requires notification under ORS 87.196 The claimant shall transmit the notice by certified mail. A person notified under ORS 87.196 need not receive the notice within the 20-day period, but within a reasonable time. If the lien claimant fails to comply with the notice requirements of this subsection, the lien claimant is limited to recovering reasonable fees for the storage of the chattel prior to foreclosure for a period of time not exceeding 20 days from the date that the lien attached to the chattel.
(2) When the lien claimed under ORS 87.152 is for the storage of a chattel, the lien claimant shall send a written notice stating that storage fees are accruing, within 20 days after the chattel has been placed in storage, to the lien debtor and every other person that requires notification under ORS 87.196 The claimant shall transmit the notice by certified mail. A person notified under ORS 87.196 need not receive the notice within the 20-day period, but within a reasonable time. If the claimant fails to comply with the notice requirements of this subsection, the amount of the claimant's lien shall be limited to a sum equal to the reasonable storage expenses incurred within the 20-day period.

87.177 Bond or deposit of money for lien for storage of chattel; amount; notice to lien claimant; filing affidavit with county officer.

(1) When a lien claimed under ORS 87.152 is for the storage of a chattel and the amount of the lien claimed is $750 or more, the lien debtor, or any other interested person, may file with the recording officer of the county in which the lien claimant obtained possession of the chattel subject to the lien from the lien debtor a bond executed by a corporation authorized to issue surety bonds in the State of Oregon to the effect that the principal or principals on the bond shall pay the amount of the claim and all costs and attorney fees that are awarded against the chattel on account of the lien. The bond shall be in an amount not less than 200 percent of the amount claimed under the lien for the storage of the chattel.
(2)
(a) In lieu of the surety bond provided for in subsection. (1) of this section, when a lien claimed under ORS 87.152 is for the storage of a chattel and the amount of the lien claimed is $750 or more, the lien debtor, or any other interested person, may deposit with the treasurer of the county in which the lien claimant obtained possession of the chattel subject to the lien from the lien debtor a sum of money or its equivalent equal in value to 200 percent of the amount claimed under the lien for the storage of the chattel.
(b) The court in which any proceeding to foreclose the lien for the storage of the chattel may be brought may, upon notice and upon motion by a person who makes a deposit under paragraph (a) of this subsection, order the money invested in such manner as the court may direct. A person who makes a deposit under paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be entitled to any income from the investments and the treasurer of the county shall pay the income when received to the depositor without order
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(3) A bond or money may be filed or deposited under subsection (1) or (2) of this section at any time after a lien for the storage of a chattel is claimed under ORS 87.152 and the amount of the lien claimed is $750 or more.
(4) A person who files a bond or deposits money under subsections (1) to (3) of this section shall cause to be served upon the lien claimant a notice of the filing or deposit. If the person files a bond, the notice shall include a copy of the bond. The notice shall be filed not later than 20 days after the filing or deposit and shall state the location and time of the filing or deposit.
(5) If a person does not notify the lien claimant as required by subsection (4) of this section, the filing of the bond or the deposit of money is of no effect and the provisions of subsections (1) to (3) of this section do not apply in a suit to foreclose the lien for which the filing or deposit is made.
(6) When a person files a bond with the recording officer of a county under subsections (1) to (3) of this section and serves notice of the filing upon the lien claimant under subsections (4) and (5) of this section, the person shall file with the same recording officer an affidavit stating that the notice was served.
(7) When a person deposits money with the treasurer of a county under subsections (1) to (3) of this section and serves notice of the deposit upon the lien claimant under subsections (4) and (5) of this section, the person shall file with the recording officer of the same county an affidavit stating that the deposit was made and notice was served.


Please see the information at the following links:

http://lawdigest.uslegal.com/contractors/construction-liens/4522/

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