2013 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 27 - Property and Conveyances
CHAPTER 31 - HORIZONTAL PROPERTY ACT
SECTION 27-31-230. Liens arising subsequent to recording of master deed or lease.
(a) No lien arising subsequent to recording the master deed or lease as provided in this chapter, and while the property remains subject to this chapter, shall be effective against the property. During such period liens or encumbrances shall arise or be created only against each apartment and the percentage of undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant to such apartment, in the same manner and under the same conditions in every respect as liens or encumbrances may arise or be created upon or against any other separate parcel of real property subject to individual ownership; provided, that no labor performed or materials furnished with the consent or at the request of a co-owner or his agent or his contractor or subcontractor, shall be the basis for the filing of a mechanic's or materialman's lien against the apartment or any other property of any other co-owner not expressly consenting to or requesting the same, except that such express consent shall be deemed to be given by the owner of any apartment in the case of emergency repairs thereto. Labor performed or materials furnished for the common elements, if duly authorized by the council of co-owners, the administrator or board of administration or other administration specified by the bylaws, in accordance with this chapter, the master deed, lease or bylaws, shall be deemed to be performed or furnished with the express consent of each co-owner and shall be the basis for the filing of a mechanic's or materialman's lien against each of the apartments and shall be subject to the provisions of subparagraph (b) hereunder.
(b) In the event a lien against two or more apartments becomes effective, the owners of the separate apartments may remove their apartment and the percentage of undivided interest in the common areas and facilities appurtenant to such apartment from the lien by payment of the fractional or proportional amounts attributable to each of the apartments affected. Such individual payment shall be computed by reference to the percentages appearing in the master deed or lease. Subsequent to any such payment, discharge or other satisfaction, the apartment and the percentage of undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant thereto shall thereafter be free and clear of the lien so paid, satisfied or discharged. Such partial payment, satisfaction or discharge shall not prevent the lienor from proceeding to enforce his rights against any apartment and the percentage of undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant thereto not so paid, satisfied or discharged.
HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 57-516; 1967 (55) 449; 1970 (56) 2572.
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