46:8B-20. Liens for labor or materials
(a) Except as otherwise provided in section 23, subsequent to recording the master deed as provided in this act, and while the property remains subject to this act, no lien shall arise or be effective against the condominium property as a whole. During such period, liens or encumbrances shall arise or be created only against each unit (including the undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant to such unit) in the same manner and under the same conditions in every respect as liens or encumbrances may arise or be created upon or against any other separate parcel of real property subject to individual ownership; provided that no labor performed or materials furnished with the consent or at the request of a unit owner or his agent or his contractor or subcontractor, shall be the basis for the filing of a lien pursuant to article 10 of chapter 44 of Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes against the unit or any other property of any other unit owner not expressly consenting to or requesting the same, except that such express consent shall be deemed to be given by the owner of any unit in the case of emergency repairs thereto. Labor performed or materials furnished for the common elements, if duly authorized by the association in accordance with this act, the master deed or by-laws, shall be deemed to be performed or furnished with the express consent of each unit owner and shall be the basis for the filing of a lien pursuant to article 10 of chapter 44 of Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes against each of the units and shall be subject to the provisions of subparagraph (b) hereunder.
(b) In the event a lien against 2 or more units becomes effective, the owner of each separate unit may remove his unit (including the undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant to such unit) from the lien and obtain a discharge and satisfaction by payment of the proportion thereof attributable to such unit. The proportion so attributable to each unit subject to the lien shall be the proportion in which all units subject to the lien share among themselves in liability for common expenses. Subsequent to any such payment, the lien on such unit shall be discharged or otherwise satisfied of record and the unit (including the undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant thereto) shall thereafter be free and clear of such lien. Such partial payment, discharge and satisfaction shall not prevent the lienor from proceeding to enforce his rights against any other unit (including the undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant thereto) not so paid, satisfied or discharged.
L.1969, c. 257, s. 20, eff. Jan. 7, 1970.
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