2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2A - ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2A:44A-33 - Discharge of record of lien claim.
2A:44A-33 Discharge of record of lien claim.
33. a. A lien claim shall be discharged of record by the county clerk:
(1)Upon the execution and filing with the county clerk of a surety bond, or the deposit of funds with the clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey, in favor of the claimant in an amount equal to 110% of the amount of the lien claim; or
(2)Upon receipt of a duly acknowledged certificate, discharging the lien claim from the claimant having filed the lien claim, or the claimant's successor in interest, or attorney; or
(3)Pursuant to the filing of an owner's or community association's discharge certificate in accordance with section 30 of P.L.1993, c.318 (C.2A:44A-30), provided that 90 days prior to the filing of the affidavit, substantially in the form set forth in section 30 of P.L.1993, c.318 (C.2A:44A-30), the lien claimant is notified by certified mail at the lien claimant's last known address of the owner's or community association's intent to file a discharge certificate and no written communication from the lien claimant denying or disputing payment in full of the lien claim is filed with the county clerk and served on the owner or community association; or
(4)Pursuant to an order of discharge by the court.
b.When judgment of dismissal or final other judgment against the lien claimant is entered in an action to enforce the lien claim under this act and no appeal is taken within the time allowed for an appeal, or if an appeal is taken within the time allowed for an appeal, or if an appeal is taken and finally determined against the lien claimant, the court before which the judgment was rendered, upon application and written notice to the lien claimant as the court shall direct, shall order the county clerk to enter a discharge of the lien claim.
c.If an appeal is taken by the claimant, the claim shall be discharged unless the claimant posts a bond, in an amount to be determined by the court, to protect the owner or community association from the reasonable costs, expenses and damages which may be incurred by virtue of the continuance of the lien claim encumbrance.
d.Upon discharge of record of the lien claim, unless the action for enforcement also involves claims, by way of counterclaim, cross claim or interpleader, arising out of or related to the improvements that are the subject of the lien claim in which the owner or community association is an interested party, the court shall also order that the owner or community association no longer be a party to an action to enforce the lien claim, and the surety issuing the bond shall be added as a necessary party.
e.Discharge of record of a lien claim will automatically discharge of record the Notice of Unpaid Balance and Right to File Lien filed in connection therewith.
L.1993, c.318, s.33; amended 2010, c.119, s.22.
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