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?

Many states have been exploring, or have already enacted, a commercial real estate broker’s commission lien law. These laws allow for a commercial real estate broker to obtain and foreclose upon a lien as a legal remedy against a property if the buyer/seller or lessee/lessor fails to pay the broker the agreed upon commission, as their interests in the real property may apply.

Source: Commercial Broker Lien Laws (CCIM Institute)

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

Mountain Law: Realtors Have New Power to Collect Unpaid Commissions (Summit Daily, Jun. 1, 2020)

Using Broker Lien Law to Protect Commissions (Hondros, Sep. 27, 2019)

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

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

eBooks & Other Resources

A Guide for Commercial Real Estate Agents (Kindle, eBook)

The Residential Agent's Handbook for Commercial Real Estate (Kindle, eBook)

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