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Preliminary notices — also known as “pre lien notices” or “notices to owner” or “NTOs” — are sent by construction project participants at the start of construction or supply work to provide other parties notice that they are working on the project. Most states require subcontractors and suppliers to provide the notice to key project stakeholders like the property owner, the general contractor, and the construction lender. The notice does not create any mechanics lien or bond claim rights, however, it’s possible for a party to lose their lien and security rights if a required notice is not sent. The notices must typically be sent by certified mail, certified mail return receipt requested, or by registered mail. Learn more about preliminary notices.

Securing Lien Rights in Florida: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Florida: A Fact Sheet

The protection of a mechanics lien is broadly available in Florida, but securing lien rights in Florida can be tougher than in other states. Florida has strict Notice to Owner requirements that apply to most lien claimants who provide work on private projects. Failure to send a required Florida notice to owner (preliminary notice) within […]

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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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What Is a Notice of Commencement?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the start date of a construction project, but this problem is solved by a Notice of Commencement. This document (sometimes called ‘Notice of Project Commencement’ or ‘Affidavit of Commencement’) formally designates the beginning of a project. Typically, the filing of a notice of commencement by the property owner or other […]

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Texas Monthly Notices: Technology Is Here To Save The Day

Texas Monthly Notices: Technology Is Here To Save The Day

Texas is notorious for having some of the most complex notice and lien laws in the entire nation. Do you need to send a two-month notice? A three-month notice? Which one goes to which recipients? Do I need to collect a green card? What are these so-called “sworn statements of accounts”? Confusion abounds, and many […]

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Should You Monitor for a California Notice of Completion?

Can California Mechanic Liens Be Enforced In Small Claims Court?

There are companies out there who purport to have services that monitor Notice of Completion filings in California. While it is absolutely imperative to know when a Notice of Completion is filed on your project (because it limits the time within which a mechanic’s lien must be filed), these services are not necessary because the property owner […]

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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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New Year, New Notice Policy!

The start of a new year is an excellent time to look back on the past 12 months and make changes that will result in benefits for throughout upcoming year. Instituting a thorough preliminary notice policy is a great way to start off the new year on the right foot. What Is a Notice Policy? A notice policy is an established […]

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Utah Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

Utah Preliminary Notice

Preliminary notices are the building blocks to the mechanics lien process. Subcontractors and suppliers (and sometimes general contractors and design professionals) must send notice to protect their ability to file a lien. General contractors, property owners, and lenders rely on notices to paint a picture of who is working on their projects. WHY send a Utah preliminary […]

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North Carolina Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

North Carolina Preliminary Notice

Preliminary notices are the building blocks to the mechanics lien process. Subcontractors and suppliers (and sometimes general contractors and design professionals) must send notice to protect their ability to file a lien. General contractors, property owners, and lenders rely on notices to paint a picture of who is working on their projects. WHY send a North […]

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