Montana Code Annotated 2019



Part 5. Construction Liens

Substitution Of Bond Allowed -- Filing -- Amount -- Condition

71-3-551. Substitution of bond allowed -- filing -- amount -- condition. (1) Whenever a construction lien has been filed upon real property or any improvements on the real property, the contracting owner of any interest in the property, whether legal or beneficial, may, at any time before the lien claimant has commenced an action to foreclose the construction lien or within 30 days of the service of a complaint in an action to foreclose the construction lien, file a bond with the clerk of the district court in the county in which the property is located or, if the property is located in more than one county, with the clerk of the district court of any county in which a part of the property is located.

(2) The bond must be in an amount 1 1/2 times the amount of the construction lien and must be either in cash or written by a corporate surety company. If written by a corporate surety, the bond must be approved by a judge of the district court with which the bond is filed.

(3) The bond must be conditioned that if the construction lien claimant is finally adjudged to be entitled to recover upon the claim upon which the construction lien is based, the principal or the principal's sureties shall pay to the claimant the amount of the claimant's judgment, together with any interest, costs, attorney fees, and other sums that the claimant would be entitled to recover upon the foreclosure of a construction lien against the principal.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 338, L. 1971; R.C.M. 1947, 45-513; amd. Sec. 14, Ch. 202, L. 1987; Sec. 71-3-516, MCA 1985; redes. 71-3-551 by Code Commissioner, 1987; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 204, L. 2007.