What is a Preliminary Notice?
A preliminary notice is meant to be a warning to the owner, contractor and project lenders that you are owed money and intend to tie up the property with a mechanics lien if you’re not paid.
When is a preliminary mechanics lien notice required?
A preliminary notice is required in most States, especially if you do not have a direct contract with the owner. Each State is different: some states require preliminary notices before work starts, while others simply require that a preliminary notice be filed just a few days before a lien is filed. Many States distinguish between residential, commercial and public projects when requiring preliminary notices.
What is the purpose of a preliminary notice?
The purpose of the preliminary notice is to let the owner know who is on the project, and, in some cases, to warn the owner that a mechanics lien is going to be filed. Failure to file a preliminary notice can compromise the amount of the mechanics lien.
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