Note that there has been a change to Virginia’s lien law. Lien claimants that provided labor for the construction of an improvement must hold a valid license or certificate from the Virginia Board of Contractors in the proper class of license for the value of the work performed in order to have a valid lien. The claimant must have the license when the work is performed. It will not be sufficient to obtain a license after the work is performed, but before the lien is filed. The forms for mechanics’ liens by general contractor, subcontractor and sub-subcontractor that can be linked from the Virginia Chapter have been modified to add lines necessary to establish the existence of the claimant’s contractor’s license or certificate.