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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.

Which Notice Do I Need?

Which Notice Do I Need?

Decided you want to be proactive with your lien and notice process? Great! Doing so is the best way to ensure you get paid on every project. Now here’s the hard part: choosing which document you need to send. The world of mechanics liens suffers from a lack of originality. There term ‘notice’ is thrown around like […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Arizona: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Arizona: A Fact Sheet

In Arizona, the protections offered by mechanics liens are available to most parties who furnish labor or materials on construction projects. However, sending preliminary notice is essential to securing lien rights in Arizona. Failing to send notice is fatal to an Arizona mechanics lien claim. zlien has compiled a one-page fact sheet to simplify and […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Oregon: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Oregon

Most parties who furnish labor or materials on construction projects in Oregon are entitled to file a mechanics lien or bond claim. However, sending preliminary notice is a key step to securing lien rights in Oregon for most parties. This get’s a little confusing in Oregon because there are two different types of preliminary notice: Information Notice […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Washington: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Washington: A Fact Sheet

Anyone who furnishes labor, professional services, materials, or equipment for the improvement of real property in Washington state is qualified to file a mechanics lien. However, parties who did not contract directly with the owner are required to send a Notice to Owner in order to secure lien rights. Parties who don’t protect the right to […]

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Why You Should Send Preliminary Notice Even If It’s Not Required

Why You Should Send Preliminary Notice Even If It's Not Required

Most states require that contractors, suppliers, and other participants on construction projects send some sort of preliminary notice in order to secure lien rights. In states with preliminary notice requirements, failing to send notice is often fatal to a mechanics lien or bond claim. It is still generally incredibly beneficial to send preliminary notice even […]

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What Is a Notice of Furnishing?

What Is a Notice of Furnishing?

Notice of Furnishing is the term used for preliminary notice in four states: Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota. In these states, most parties who furnish labor and/or materials on construction projects are required to send notice of furnishing in order to secure lien rights. Notice of furnishing should be sent proactively, long before a payment […]

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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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