2007 ORS 87.076¹
Bond or deposit of money
  • amount
  • demand for release of lien
  • effect

(1) The owner of an improvement or land against which a lien perfected under ORS 87.035 (Perfecting lien) is claimed, or any other interested person, may file with the recording officer of the county in whose office the claim of lien is filed a bond executed by a corporation authorized to issue surety bonds in the State of Oregon to the effect that the principal or principals on the bond shall pay the amount of the claim and all costs and attorney fees that are awarded against the improvement or land on account of the lien. The bond shall be in an amount not less than 150 percent of the amount claimed under the lien, or in the amount of $1,000, whichever is greater.

(2)(a) In lieu of the surety bond provided for in subsection (1) of this section, the owner of an improvement or land against which a lien perfected under ORS 87.035 (Perfecting lien) is claimed, or any other interested person, may deposit with the treasurer of the county in which the claim of lien is filed a sum of money or its equivalent equal in value to 150 percent of the amount claimed under the lien, or in the amount of $1,000, whichever is greater.

(b) The court in which any proceeding to foreclose the lien may be brought may, upon notice and upon motion by a person who makes a deposit under paragraph (a) of this subsection, order the money invested in such manner as the court may direct. A person who makes a deposit under paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be entitled to any income from the investments and the treasurer of the county shall pay the income when received to the depositor without order.

(3) A bond or money may be filed or deposited under subsection (1) or (2) of this section at any time after the filing of the claim of lien under ORS 87.035 (Perfecting lien).

(4)(a) Any person entitled to post a bond under subsection (1) of this section or a cash deposit under subsection (2) of this section may deliver pursuant to ORS 87.018 (Delivery of notices) a written demand that a lien perfected under ORS 87.035 (Perfecting lien) be released and a notice that if it is not released the party making the demand may be entitled to recover the actual costs incurred by the party making the demand in complying with this section, ORS 87.078 (Notice of filing bond or depositing money) and 87.081 (Filing affidavit with county officer) or the sum of $500, whichever is greater. If the lien is not released within 10 days after delivery of the demand and notice and the lien claimant or an assignor of the lien claimant does not bring a suit to foreclose the lien within the time provided in ORS 87.055 (Duration of lien), and if the person making the demand has complied with this section, ORS 87.078 (Notice of filing bond or depositing money) and 87.081 (Filing affidavit with county officer), then the person failing to release and foreclose the lien shall be liable to the person making the demand for the actual costs incurred by the person making the demand in complying with this section, ORS 87.078 (Notice of filing bond or depositing money) and 87.081 (Filing affidavit with county officer) or the sum of $500, whichever is greater, in addition to any other remedy provided by law or equity.

(b) In any action to recover damages under this subsection in which the plaintiff prevails, there shall be allowed to the plaintiff, at trial and on appeal, a reasonable amount for attorney fees to be fixed by the court for prosecution of the action, if the court finds that a written demand for payment of the claim was made on the defendant not less than 20 days before commencement of the action. However, attorney fees shall not be allowed to the plaintiff, but shall be allowed to the defendant, if the court finds that the defendant tendered to the plaintiff prior to commencement of the action an amount not less than the damages awarded to the plaintiff.

(c) If a lien claimant or an assignor of the lien claimant is served with a demand under paragraph (a) of this subsection and is a prevailing party in the suit to foreclose the lien, then in addition to such other costs and attorney fees to which the lien claimant or the assignor of the lien claimant is entitled, the court shall allow the actual costs incurred in addressing the demand or the sum of $500, whichever is greater. [1975 c.466 §17; 1983 c.513 §3; 1987 c.662 §15; 1999 c.845 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 87—Statutory Liens, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­087.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.