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Field Guide to Commercial Broker Lien Laws

(Updated May 2013)

Commercial broker lien laws allow liens to be filed on commercial properties for the full payment of commissions. In states that have enacted commercial lien laws, there has been a dramatic decline in commission collection litigation and arbitration. Explore the resources on this page for information on how lien laws work, summaries of current laws, news updates, and more. (F. Heller, Manager, Virtual Library & Archives)

What Are Commercial Broker Lien Laws?

Broker lien laws: Which states have them?, (The Source, Apr. 30, 2012).

Commercial broker lien laws, (Commercial Connections, Winter 2012).

Laws protecting broker commissions gain traction in states; North Carolina becomes third state in 10 months to enact 'broker lien' law, (CoStar Group, June 22, 2011).

Current Lien Laws

Annual Report—Broker Lien Laws, (National Association of REALTORS® Multi-State Issue Tracker Library). Login required. Click on "Broker Lien Laws" in menu on left for state-by-state overview.

State Summaries & Updates

Ohio commercial broker lien law, (Ohio Association of REALTORS®, 2013).

Changes to North Carolina lien law take effect April 1st, (NC REALTORS® Talk, Apr. 2013).

Step-by-step guidelines under the new commercial broker’s lien act, (Michigan Association of REALTORS®, 2010).

Broker lien law a plus for real estate industry, (Denver Business Journal, May 14, 2010).

Commercial real estate broker liens, (Arizona Commercial Leasing Blog, Feb. 28, 2010).

Commercial Lien Law Legal FAQs, (Florida Association of REALTORS®, 2009).

Commercial lien laws, (CCIM Institute, June 2003).

Books & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

A Master Guide to Income Property Brokerage (Adobe eReader)

The Economics of Commercial Property Markets (Adobe eReader)

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Field Guide to Commercial Property Management

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