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Sending a preliminary notice (sometimes called a pre-lien or notice to owner) is an excellent first step toward getting paid quickly on a construction project. Many states require that subcontractors and suppliers send this notice to protect their right to file a lien. Even when not required, sending a preliminary notice is extremely beneficial.
The deadline to send a preliminary notice depends on the state where the project is located, but it is typically sent shortly after beginning work on a job.
Preliminary notices are usually sent to the general contractor, the property owner, and the surety or lender if any.
Sending a notice of intent to lien lets the people you're working with know you haven't been paid yet. Most property owners and GCs want to avoid having a lien filed on a job, and this notice gives them a change to resolve the dispute.
A notice of intent is sent before a lien is filed. Consequently, it must be sent before the deadline to file a lien. In states where sending a notice of intent is required to protect lien rights, a specific timeframe is provided.
There are 9 states which require the sending of a notice of intent to lien in order to protect the right to file a lien. Click "read more" below for more information.
The mechanics lien is a powerful tool for securing payment. Liens are incredibly effective at getting contractors, suppliers, and others who work on construction projects paid.
The deadline to file a lien varies depending on the state your project is located in. Most lien deadlines fall within 6 months to 2 years from ending work on a job.
In most cases, liens must be properly prepared with all the necessary information, then recorded with the county recorder's office in the county where the project is located. If you would like to file a lien through zlien, click "send" below.
A lien waiver is a document that two construction parties sign and exchange at or near the time that they exchange payment. Lien waivers state that the party receiving payment gives up his or her right to file a lien for the amount of money he or she receives.
GCs and other parties at the top of the payment chain often request that the subs and suppliers they've hired sign lien waivers. Hired parties can proactively provide lien waivers to provide visibility and help ensure smooth payments.