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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.

Should You Monitor for a California Notice of Completion?

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…

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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…

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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…

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Utah Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

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…

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North Carolina Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

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…

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When Do General Contractors Need to Send Preliminary Notice?

General Contractors don’t always have to send preliminary notice. Often, GCs are on the receiving end of preliminary notices sent by sub-tier parties like subcontractors and material suppliers. However, some states require GCs to send preliminary notice to the property owner and/or the construction lender. Check out the list below…

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Mississippi Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

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…

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Can I Send Preliminary Notice Late?

Lien laws vary from one state to the next. Some states require several preliminary notice documents, others don’t require any. Some states have strict deadlines, others are flexible and more forgiving.

This article answers the question “Can I send preliminary notice late?” Here we divide states into three categories:

States where sending notice late doesn’t matter
States that…

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Georgia Preliminary Notice: The Why, Who, What, When, and How

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…

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