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Field Guide to Commercial Broker Lien Laws

(Updated June 2014)

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, Library & Archives)


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What Are Commercial Broker Lien Laws?

Commercial real estate broker’s lien acts: In your state or a state near you, (Probate & Property, Jan./Feb. 2014). Q

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

Help getting paid: New law protects brokers’ commissions, (Mississippi Business Journal, May 30, 2014).

Delaware enacts commercial brokers’ lien law, (The Source, June 12, 2013).

A summary of the Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act, (North Carolina Bar Association, Sept. 2012).

Michigan Commercial Real Estate Broker’s Lien Act, (Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2011). -- Article begins on page 11.

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

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®, 2014).

Commercial lien laws, (CCIM Institute, June 2011).


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