Commercial broker lien laws allow liens to be filed on commercial properties for the full payment of commissions. In states that have enacted commercial lien laws, there has been a dramatic decline in commission collection litigation and arbitration. Explore the resources on this page for information on how lien laws work, summaries of current laws, news updates, and more.

Broker Lien Laws by State


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What Are Commercial Broker Lien Laws?

Commercial Broker Lien Laws (Commercial Connections, Jan. 31, 2013)

Current Lien Laws

Annual Report—Broker Lien Laws (National Association of REALTORS® State Issues Tracker). Login required. Click on State & Local Resources, then click on State Issues Tracker. Click on Access the State Issues Tracker and click on "Broker Lien Laws" in menu on left for state-by-state overview.

State Summaries & Updates

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Commercial Broker Lien Law (Mette, Evans & Woodside, May 15, 2019)

What Does a Broker Need to Do to Get Their Real Estate Commission? (PropertyShark, Dec. 17, 2018)

Commercial Broker May File Lien to Enforce Commission (San Antonio Real Estate Lawyer, Nov. 16, 2018)

The Obscure Commercial Real Estate Broker’s Lien Act (Gross, Romanick, Dean & Desimone)

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