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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 ContractorsTalk.com 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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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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Five Things To Know About Florida’s Mechanic Lien Laws

One of the most popular posts on this blog has been an article I wrote in December 2009 titled: 5 Things To Know About The Miller Act. It’s been a long time since we discussed mechanics lien law in Florida, and so I’m inspired to write a top five post about Florida’s mechanics lien laws. […]

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In Illinois Filing A Mechanic Lien Is Only The First Step: Notice Required Too

Many states mandate lien claimants complete at least two steps to successfully claim a lien: (1) File the lien; (2) Send notice of the lien to the property owner and other interested parties. In California, for example, the law was just changed to require more  post-lien notices to be sent to the property owner. Thanks […]

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County Recorder in Ohio Will Notify Property Owner of Liens By Text Message

A county in Ohio – Lorain County – is home to a recorder with a really novel ideal.  With the intent to prevent real estate fraud, Recorder Judy Nedwick has launched a notification system to alert property owners whenever a document is filed against their property. The alerts will be sent by email or text […]

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California Lien Law Changes Effective January 1, 2011 – Are You Ready?

Back in November 2009, we reported that the California legislature had passed an act to amend California Code § 3084 and 3146, relating to construction liens, and the new regulatory scheme was set to take effect on January 1, 2011.   The effective date of the amendments is now upon California contractors and subcontractors. You can […]

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Give Notice That You’re Working!

In many states, if the property owner doesn’t know your company is working on a project, you may not have the right to lien.   And since it’s impossible for the law to know when a property owner does or does know a fact, laws around the country require contractors of various tiers to “notify” […]

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California Lien Law Forms, Procedures and Laws Changing on January 1, 2011

The California legislature just passed an act to amend California Code § 3084 and 3146, relating to construction liens, and the new regulatory scheme is set to take effect on January 1, 2011.   While the effective date is still more than a year away, it’s important for potential claimants to understand and prepare for the […]

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