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Unfortunately, many general contractors use their ability to place liens on the property subject to their work and while it is not generally considered to be "extortion", if such lien is placed without any legal grounds, i.e. the home owner did not breach written agreement with the contractor and is not delinquent on any fees or costs according to the written contract with the General Contractor, then if the contractor does place such frivolous lien, property owner can hire an experienced local attorney to get the lien removed and also to pursue a claims against GC for placing a cloud on the property title.
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Thank you for your follow up.
While I cannot comment on your specific question, generally, similar matter would be considered a civil matter and if the General Contractor is refusing to comply with the terms of the written contract, then the consumer can in fact file formal complaint against the contractor with Washington State of Labor and Industries which regulates general contractors at this link http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/Detail.asp?DocID=1880 and also with the local Better Business Bureau, as well as, local attorney can be consulted to help pursue any lawsuit for breach of contract.
I wish you the best of luck!
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