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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.

How and Why to Send a 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…

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

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.
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WHO must send preliminary notice in Michigan? And to whom?
General contractors are required to…

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Do I Need to Send Preliminary Notice on Public Projects?

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…

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New Mexico Preliminary Notice: The Why, Who, What, When, and How

WHY send a Notice to Owner?
To protect your right to file a lien! New Mexico has complex rules regarding who has to send preliminary notice, so make sure to pay attention.  
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WHO must send a New Mexico Preliminary Notice? And to whom?
It is best practice for all parties to submit preliminary…

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8 States With the Toughest Lien Notice Laws

Not all states’ lien notice laws were created equal. If you’ve done construction work or supplied materials in more than one state, you’ve probably experienced this first hand.

The team at zlien does work across the country on a daily basis, so we have mapped the Lien Genome (no really, we have) to…

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4 Reasons It’s Smart To Outsource Your Preliminary Notices

This post was originally published on July 20, 2011. It was updated on 10/15/15.​

Preliminary notices are not only the backbone of a thorough lien policy, they can be an important part of the solution to making construction payment fair. While preliminary notices exist as part of the mechanics lien landscape and…

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Washington Notice to Owner: The Why, Who, What, When, and How

WHY send a Notice to Owner?
To protect your mechanics lien rights! Washington has nuanced rules and requirements regarding the sending of preliminary notices. Most parties on private construction projects are required to submit a Notice to Owner in order to protect their mechanics lien rights.
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WHO must send a Washington Notice…

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What Is a Pre Lien Notice?

What is a pre lien notice? It depends on who you ask.

Most people consider a pre lien notice to be any notice or letter that a construction party (contractor, supplier, design professional, etc.) must give before filing a mechanics lien.

However, after thirty minutes of scraping through all 50 states’ lien…

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