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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.

When Do General Contractors Need to Send Preliminary Notice?

Where do GCs 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 to see when general contractors need […]

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Mississippi Preliminary Notice: Everything You Need to Know

Mississippi 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 Mississippi preliminary […]

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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 offer limited […]

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

Georgia 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 Georgia preliminary […]

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How and Why to Send a Retraction Letter

Retraction Letter

Our customers often ask, How Do I File a Retraction Letter? or, Am I Required to Send a Retraction Letter? The truth is, retraction letters are sort of a made up document in the construction industry. They have almost no legal power, and they exist more for the psychological assurance of parties that receive pre lien […]

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

Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin preliminary […]

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Michigan Notice of Furnishing: The Why, Who, What, When, and How

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WHY send a Notice of Furnishing? To protect your right to file a lien! Sending preliminary notice is the key first step to protecting lien rights, and in Michigan, this form is called a Notice of Furnishing. WHO must send preliminary notice in Michigan? And to whom? General contractors are required to provide a list […]

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Do I Need to Send Preliminary Notice on Public Projects?

Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

Preliminary notice rules and requirements are often different on public projects than on private ones. Therefore, it is important to stay up to speed with the variations in order to protect bond claim rights on public projects. (If you need to refresh your knowledge about notices on private projects or about notices in general, you’re going […]

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