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What Are Lien Rights?

What Are Lien Rights?

Download zlien‘s simple guide to the lien process as a PDF The term lien rights refers to right bestowed upon construction participants to file a mechanics lien or bond claim in the event of nonpayment. A mechanics lien can be filed by unpaid parties who furnished labor or materials on a private (residential or commercial) project. […]

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Relating Back Under the Miller Act? Good Luck.

Because liens cannot be placed on public property, the Miller Act was passed to provide recourse for subcontractors and suppliers working on federal projects. Miller Act claims have a strict one-year period during which they can be filed. Should a claimant file after one year following the last date they provided labor or materials to a project, […]

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Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Green construction is on the rise nationwide, and California is leading the charge. From a recent mandate for solar panels at Muscle Beach to legislation reserving solar ready rooftop space, the state of California is one of the leaders in promoting environmentally conscious projects. However, recently proposed legislation has made the process of installing solar panels on […]

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The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Miller Act was passed to provide an opportunity for subcontractors and suppliers to recover for unpaid labor and material on federal projects, since mechanics liens cannot be filed against public property. For federal projects where the prime contract exceeds $100,000, the Act requires that general contractors provide performance bonds and a payment bond sufficient to cover the entire amount […]

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Bond Claim Deadlines

Bond Claim Deadlines

We spend a lot of time discussing mechanics liens here at zlien. But mechanics liens can only be used to secure payment when the project in question is residential or commercial. If contractors, suppliers, equipment lessors or other parties are unpaid on federal, state, or municipal projects, filing a bond claim is the best means of […]

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Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

In the legal field, the meaning of a word in a statute can be very important. Certain interpretations can determine what situations the statute will apply to. In the construction industry, the interpretation of words like “improvement” and “furnishing” can determine whether a party is entitled to financial protection under the local Mechanics Lien Statute […]

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Email Notice Of Bond Claim Takes One More Step

Construction Financial Manager Review

In Massachusetts, like almost every state, a bond claimant on a public works project must notify a general contractor by certified mail of the bond claim. This notice is mandated by the Massachusetts Little Miller Act. The statutory provision requires the notice be delivered by “mailing the same by registered or certified mail,” but like […]

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Indiana Supreme Court Awards Mechanics Lien Attorneys Fees

Strict Proof of Delivery May Be Required For Construction Notices

Attorneys fees are an important aspect of mechanics lien statutes. Many state lien statutes allow for the recovering of attorneys fees to prevent owners and general contractors from gaining all the leverage when a mechanics lien is filed and/or payment is withheld. If contractors were not able to recover for attorneys fees, then certain mechanics […]

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Information You Should Get at the Start of Every Project

Information you should be getting at the start of every project

zlien Users often ask us what information they should be entering into our platform to protect their projects. Our answer to them is the same answer for any company wishing to protect their lien rights, regardless of how they are sending and filing documents. Read on to see what information you should get at the […]

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Fifth Circuit Upholds Payment Bond Rights

Payment bond rights under your state’s Little Miller Act statute are not easily avoided. Little Miller Act statutes allow subcontractors and lower-tiered parties to make claims against the payment bond that every general contractor must post for public projects. This process guarantees a certain level of protection for subs while ensuring a level of efficiency […]

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