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Mechanics lien and bond claim laws change constantly. New bills, laws and cases construe the mechanics lien laws on an almost daily basis. For years, we’ve made a commitment to providing our readers with free notifications of important changes in state and federal mechanics lien and bond claim laws, and these notifications are all organized under this “Lien Law Alerts” section. Rely on Zlien to continue monitoring legislation and case law across the country and report on any changes that could impact your company’s legal compliance with lien and bond claim laws.

New Legislation Benefits Connecticut Contractors and Subs

New Legislation Benefits Connecticut Contractors and Subs

With new legislation popping up all over the map, it feels like construction payment laws are changing every other day. Considering the issues the industry has with payment, this is a good thing! States have been making progress toward a more transparent, efficient payment system. Recent revisions to the Connecticut Little Miller Act and retainage […]

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Former Miss USA Facing Mechanics Liens

Former Miss USA Facing Mechanics Liens

It’s not uncommon for construction liens to appear in the headlines. Even high profile property owners have struggled with construction payment. Liens have appeared next to the names Donald Trump, John Cena, and Justin Bieber in recent years. Liens were even a major plot point of True Detective last season. Maybe what the construction industry needs to […]

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Subcontractor Goes Unpaid Due to Insolvent Surety

Subcontractor Goes Unpaid Due to Insolvent Surety

When a contractor, sub, or supplier works on a public project, a traditional mechanics lien is unavailable to enforce payment. Generally speaking, private parties cannot encumber public property. For this reason, the Miller Act was passed requiring performance and payment bonds when the prime contract exceeds $100,000 on a federal project. Under the Act, when a […]

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Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

With new legislation popping up all the time, it’s important that construction managers stay on top of changes that can affect the way they do business. Just recently we’ve seen changes to Louisiana P3 legislation, loosened drone regulations, and potential changes to Texas lien law. While these laws quite obviously apply to contractors, sometimes the relationship can […]

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Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

When a contractor works on a public project, the rules change a bit. Because contractors are dealing with public entities, certain protections must be afforded. One of these protections is the use of surety bonds to protect the public agency from payment disputes while also affording claimants security to payment. Mechanics liens do not attach to […]

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Hiding Won’t Make a Lien Disappear

Hiding Won't Make a Lien Disappear

When a lien is filed, owners get scared. That’s what makes a lien such an effective tool! In order to avoid the property encumbrance, owners should understand exactly who is working on their project and make sure everyone is paid. Perhaps the best way to do this is to request preliminary notices and to require conditional […]

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Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Understanding the lien laws of a particular state can be overwhelming. However, it is important to also take note of legal developments in other states in order to understand how lien laws are shaped. So too is it worthwhile to pay attention to lien laws in other countries, especially those with similar legal systems. As Canada looks to revise […]

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Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Texas is infamous for having what may be the most confusing, jumbled set of lien laws in the nation. As it stands, the state’s notice requirements are a mess, yet remain toughest in the country. Texas construction attorneys have taken notice of this issue, and since 2013 a group has been working to make changes to Texas lien […]

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Ohio Bans Contractor Hiring Requirements on State Projects

Ohio Bans Contractor Hiring Requirements on State Projects

In construction, hiring is everything. Owners want to hire reputable contractors known for good work. Contractors look to hire trusted subcontractors and suppliers in order to minimize defects and payment issues. For these reasons and more, hiring in the construction industry can make or break a project. When contractor hiring requirements are imposed by state or […]

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How to Avoid Issues When Dealing with Contractors Post-Flood in Louisiana

Problems May Arise During The Louisiana Flood Recovery

The recent flood in the Baton Rouge area is one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent memory. According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s estimations, over 145,000 homes were affected by the floods. Damage estimates have been enormous, and the effects of the flood have been far reaching. Just about everyone in Louisiana has been affected […]

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