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Florida Notice To Owner Mistakes That Can Kill Your Mechanics Lien Rights

Anyone doing construction in Florida knows that a “Notice to Owner” or “NTO” must be delivered at the start of a new project to protect a company’s valuable mechanics lien rights, but as with anything in the lien laws, the period of time when this notice may be validly sent is not aways clear. This article […]

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Colorado Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

Notice of Intent to Lien is Mandatory Prior to Filing a Colorado Mechanics Lien Colorado does not require any notice prior to performing work on the project.  However, any party other than the prime contractor is allowed to file a Notice to Owner that has the effect of requiring the owner to withhold funds to […]

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Florida Preliminary Notice – Ain’t No Sunshine If Its Not Sent

From time to time I draft blog articles about notices. The reason why I keep this theme going is due to the immense importance of preliminary notices for contractors and suppliers on a construction project. If a contractor or supplier wants to ensure that they always get paid on a project, they will always file […]

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Washington Preliminary Notices, What A Good Notice State

Here at zlien we send notices every day. I often write about how important notices are. Another aspect of my job is to review the numbers. This blog has often stated California is the state where zlien sends the most notices. Upon review of the numbers, I was a little surprised to note that Washington […]

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Notice to Owner: Florida Court Provides Some Clarification

Ownership of a property can change frequently, and those transfers of ownership can happen before, during, or after construction. This can cause serious headaches in states, like Florida, in which some parties are required to send a notice to owner prior to filing a valid lien. Is a subcontractor or supplier on a Florida project […]

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Florida Mechanics Lien Law: Preliminary Notice And The Owner Designee

While performing construction work in Florida, those who do not contract directly with the property owner are required to provide preliminary notice to protect their right to file a lien. The deadline to send the Florida Notice to Owner is dependent on your role in the construction project. While the preliminary notice in Florida is […]

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Color Coded Map of Nationwide Notice Requirements

Filing a mechanics lien is a great credit and collections tool, but there are a lot of compliance requirements tied to the remedy. Sometimes, notices must be sent at the start of construction (preliminary notices).  Sometimes, notices must be sent at the end of construction before a mechanics lien is filed (notice of intent to […]

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Florida Notice to Owner – Will Sending It Upset Your Customer?

I came across an exchange in the forum about whether a subcontractor should sent its Florida NTO and protect its lien rights on a project. The question is one we’ve addressed at length on this blog:  Will a preliminary notice scare a customer? Here is the forum member’s question exactly: My question is for […]

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Florida Notice To Owner: Exceptions To The Requirement

Generally speaking, when working on a private construction project in Florida, you must deliver a “Notice To Owner” to preserve your mechanics lien rights. Like any law, there are exceptions.  This post reviews the rule, the exceptions and some best practices for your company. Explaining Florida’s Notice To Owner Requirement Many states have preliminary notice […]

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FAQ: How Do I Send Preliminary Notice to the Owner If I Don’t Know Who The Owner Is?

If you’re the prime contractor and you contracted directly with the property owner, you’ll have a pretty good understand of who owns the property where work was performed. Prime contractors, however, very rarely have preliminary notice requirements. Instead, its the subcontractors, the sub-subcontractors and material suppliers who usually have preliminary notice requirements to meet, and […]

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Free Florida Mechanic Lien, Bond Claim and Notice To Owner Forms

Here are a few Florida forms that are helpful to anyone furnishing materials, labor or services to construction projects in those states, as well as a description of each. All forms are provided subject to zlien’s terms of use.  These forms relate only to private projects in the state of Florida. Free Florida Mechanics Lien […]

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