Consider this scenario: During the course of a project, the homeowner pays the contractor, but the contractor doesn't pay his subs or material suppliers. One of the subs or suppliers then files a construction lien on the property. The homeowner, of course, goes crazy. He has already paid, he says, and clouding his title is unlawful. He threatens to sue the sub for damages. Which begs the question: Can he do that? Can he sue the sub for trying to enforce a construction lien?

The quick answer is no — but since this is a legal question, the long response is a little more complicated. In fact, there is such a thing as a lawsuit based on clouding a title, and someone who puts a lien to which he was never entitled on someone's property could be sued for it.

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