Two D.C. Contractors File Liens Against Trump For Unpaid Work

January 6, 2017

Two Washington, D.C., contractors who worked on President-elect Donald Trump's new 283-room hotel in the District have filed liens against Trump Old Post Office LLC and construction manager Lendlease US.

Joseph J. Magnolia Inc. claims it is owed $2.98 million for materials and labor done between 2014 and 2016 including all plumbing, mechanical and HVAC work, along with site sewer, water, storm and water services at the Trump International Hotel, located in the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C.

A&D Construction, based in Sterling, Virginia also filed a lien for $79,700 it is owed for installing interior wall base and crown moulding on the hotel, completed three weeks before the hotel's grand opening celebration in November.

A spokesperson for the Trump company called the liens "nominal," according to the Washington Post, and said, “In developments of this scale and complexity, the filing of nominal liens at the conclusion of construction is not uncommon as part of the close out process.”

Magnolia appeared to be taking the situation in stride, but A&D Construction, owned by Osvaldo Tellez, is a small operation and has not heard back on its requests even after filing the lien.

According to D.C. law 40-301.01. Mechanic's Lien, Every building erected, improved, added to, or repaired at the direction of the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, and the land on which the same is erected, intended to be used in connection therewith, or necessary to the use and enjoyment thereof, to the extent of the right, title, and interest, at that time existing, of the owner, shall be subject to a lien in favor of the contractor who contracted with the owner, in the amount of the contract price or, in the absence of an express contract, the reasonable value of the project; provided, that to enforce the lien, the contractor claiming the lien shall record in the land records a notice of intent and comply with the other procedures prescribed in this chapter.

Contractors can file suit 180 days after filing a lien if the dispute has not been settled.