CHAPTER 283

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 551

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 27, TITLE 25, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO MECHANICS' LIENS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 27, Title 25, Delaware Code by adding thereto a new Section to be designated as §2737 to read as follows:

§2737. Discharge of lien on payment into court or entry of security

(a) Cash Deposit. Any claim filed hereunder shall, upon petition of the owner or any party in interest, be discharged as a lien against the property whenever a sum equal to the amount of the claim shall have been deposited with the court in said proceedings for application to the payment of the amount finally determined to be due. Said petition shall include an affidavit by the owner or party in interest setting forth which parts of the claim filed hereunder are disputed and which parts are not disputed. The non-disputed part of the claim shall be paid to the claimant before the lien against the property is discharged. If it is finally determined by the Court that the disputed portion of the claim has been grossly overstated by the affiant, the Court may, in its discretion, award damages to the claimant against the affiant in an amount up to twice the figure stated by the affiant to be disputed.

(b) Refund of Excess. Any excess of funds paid into court as aforesaid, over the amount of the claim or claims determined and paid therefrom, shall be refunded to the owner or party depositing same upon application.

(c) Security in Lieu of Cash. such sum or sums in cash, approved proceedings in an amount which the however, shall in no event be less required deposit; and the entry of owner to have such liens discharged to the same effect as though the required sums have been deposited in court as aforesaid. In lieu of the deposit of any security may be entered in such court shall approve, which, than the full amount of such such security shall entitle the

(d) Authority of Court. The Court, upon petition filed by any party, and after notice and hearing, may upon cause shown:

(1) require the increase or decrease of any deposit or security;

(2) strike off security improperly filed;

(3) permit the substitution of security and enter an exoneration of security already given."

Approved May 16, 1978.