This afternoon I came across an article from one of my favorite publications, published in my hometown: New Orleans City Business. The article is titled “Community Projects Highlight City’s Construction List,” and it predicts that “the summer months in New Orleans will be marked with a spate of public construction projects.”
Specifically, between May 29th and July 15th, construction will start on over $28 million of city projects, including the St. Roch Market, the St. Roch Park, Lyons Center, Fifth District Police Station, Milne Boys Home, and Engine 31 Firehouse facilities.
Those furnishing labor, materials or equipment to these projects ought be prepared to preserve and timely perfect their lien and bond claim rights in the event of non-payment.
In Louisiana, notice is required from material suppliers and equipment rental companies to preserve the right to file a bond claim on state or county construction projects. Material suppliers must deliver a “Notice of Nonpayment” within 75 days from the last day of the month in which unpaid materials are unpaid. This notice may be required to be sent over and over again if material is continuously furished and unpaid. Equipment suppliers have a less complicated preliminary notice requirement, but an awfully immediate one, in that a preliminary “Notice of Lease” must be furnished within 10 days of first renting the construction equipment.
Zlien files these preliminary notices on state and county projects in Louisiana, and can help you get these notices filed. Also, in the event of nonpayment, Zlien can prepare, file and serve your mechanics lien or bond claim.