Can a landlord be held liable and/or can a lien be filed for work that was authorized by a tenant?

Question Details:

A tenant caused damage to our property and called a clean-up company. We were not made aware of the damage until the company sent us a bill for $1800 2 weeks later (tenants still have not described the damage to us). We refused to pay for unauthorized work and told them to collect from the tenants who authorized the work and who are legally liable for the damage according to the lease. Being unable to collect from them, the company is threatening to place a lien on the property.

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