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Alabama Lien Requirements

Alabama has lien requirements dependent on your roll in a project.  A supplier should send a preliminary notice before delivering the supplies.  Otherwise, a preliminary notice is not required. 
Those who do not have a direct contract with the property owner are required to deliver a Notice of Unpaid Lien to the property owner before filing a mechanic’s lien also known as an Unpaid Balance Lien.  This puts the owner on notice that a lien has been claimed, and requires that the owner withhold funds sufficient to satisfy that claim.  This notice should be sent soon after the last date of work was performed to prevent the owner from disbursing the funds to the prime contractor.  Once the owner disburses the funds, the claimant loses any rights to those funds.

There are 2 types of Alabama Mechanic’s Liens – a Full Price Lien or an Unpaid Balance Lien.  Those who contracted directly with the owner, or material suppliers who sent preliminary notice before delivering supplies, will have a full price lien upon filing this document. Others will have an unpaid balance lien.  Whther it be a preliminary notice or a mechanic’s lien, LienItNow.com can easily help you through this process.

Alabama Mechanics Lien Requirements

In Alabama, the construction lien law is very specific.  In addition to simply filing a lien, a claimant need to make sure that it complied with all the pre-requisites that the mechanics’ lien law requires.

While, pre-notices are not required for contractors, to maximize the enforceability of their liens, at the commencement of work on the property, subcontractors should provide written notice to the owner or the person having charge of the property that they are performing work on the property.  This notice should also be provided to the construction lender, if its identity can be reasonably determined.  Material suppliers without a direct contract with the owner must file service of written notice of intent to claim a lien on the owner and construction lender before the supplied material is used in connection with the project.

For subcontractors and sub-subcontractors, a written notice of intent to file a lien must be served on the Owner and construction lender within four months of the last date the lienor provided materials or services to the Project. Subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers without a direct contract with the owner must then file a verified statement of lien within four months after the last date the lienor provided materials or services to the Project.

Contractors need to file a verified statement of lien within six months after the last date the lienor provided materials or services to the Project.

Laborers must file a verified statement of lien within 30 days after the last item of work has been furnished.

To make sure you provide the correct notice and get your Alabama mechanics lien filed in time, go to LienItNow.com Alabam Frequently Asked Questions.