Can a landlord be held liable and/or can a lien be filed for work that was authorized by a tenant?
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.
If the company had no reason to believe that the tenant was authorized to bind you as the landlord to the contract to pay for the services, there is no basis that the company can lien your property. Rather, the tenant is the one responsible for the bill. The company should not be able to lien the property because the lease with the tenant says that it is not permitted to bind you, and the company believed it was dealing with the tenant, not you, the owner. I suggest that you inform the company and you will sue it for placing a lien on the property in bad faith as it did the work for the tenant, not you. Hire a lawyer if the property is liened.