Summary Motion To Remove Invalid Or Unenforceable Lien
(a) In a suit brought to foreclose a lien or to declare a claim or lien invalid or unenforceable, a party objecting to the validity or enforceability of the claim or lien may file a motion to remove the claim or lien. The motion must be verified and state the legal and factual basis for objecting to the validity or enforceability of the claim or lien. The motion may be accompanied by supporting affidavits.
The grounds for objecting to the validity or enforceability of the claim or lien for purposes of the motion are limited to the following:
notice of claim was not furnished to the owner or original contractor as required by Section 53.056, 53.057, 53.058, 53.252, or 53.253;
an affidavit claiming a lien failed to comply with Section 53.054 or was not filed as required by Section 53.052;
notice of the filed affidavit was not furnished to the owner or original contractor as required by Section 53.055;
the deadlines for perfecting a lien claim for retainage under this chapter have expired and the owner complied with the requirements of Section 53.101 and paid the retainage and all other funds owed to the original contractor before:
the claimant perfected the lien claim; and
the owner received a notice of the claim as required by this chapter;
all funds subject to the notice of a claim to the owner and a notice regarding the retainage have been deposited in the registry of the court and the owner has no additional liability to the claimant;
when the lien affidavit was filed on homestead property:
no contract was executed or filed as required by Section 53.254;
the affidavit claiming a lien failed to contain the notice as required by Section 53.254; or
the notice of the claim failed to include the statement required by Section 53.254; and
the claimant executed a valid and enforceable waiver or release of the claim or lien claimed in the affidavit.
The claimant is not required to file a response. The claimant and any other party that has appeared in the proceeding must be notified by at least 21 days before the date of the hearing on the motion. A motion may not be heard before the 21st day after the date the claimant answers or appears in the proceeding.
At the hearing on the motion, the burden is on:
the claimant to prove that the notice of claim and affidavit of lien were furnished to the owner and original contractor as required by this chapter; and
the movant to establish that the lien should be removed for any other ground authorized by this section.
The court shall promptly determine a motion to remove a claim or lien under this section. If the court determines that the movant is not entitled to remove the lien, the court shall enter an order denying the motion. If the court determines that the movant is entitled to remove the lien, the court shall enter an order removing the lien claimed in the lien affidavit. A party to the proceeding may not file an interlocutory appeal from the court's order.
Any admissible evidence offered at the hearing may be admitted in the trial of the case. The court's order under Subsection (e) is not admissible as evidence in determining the validity and enforceability of the claim or lien.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 526, Sec. 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 499, Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2011.