LienItNow Notice of Intent to Lien
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Several states require that, prior to filing a mechanics lien or a construction lien, the person who is filing that lien send the owner a Notice of Intent to Lien. In most cases, the notice must be sent a certain number of days prior to the filing of a mechanics lien. Understanding why a notice of intent is required is a fairly easy exercise: the value of providing a notice is that it can resolve potential lien claims before they are recorded. A general consensus is that a Notice of Intent can be more important to the owner than the potential lien claimant, but often enough the notice results in payment, which is the ultimate goal of the claimant.
To complete a Notice of Intent to Lien, just answer a few questions, like:
- The last day you provided materials or services
- How much you are owed for the work you did
- The name of the owners of the property
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Notices of Intent to Lien protect your right to file a construction lien. Here are some reasons to complete a LienItNow notice of intent to lien:
* In many states, notice of intent are required to secure a mechanics lien.
* Notices of intent let the owner know you are owed money on the construction project.
* If money is owed to you, you can send a notice of intent as a warning.
* Notices of intent to lien are required by statute. If you don't send one, your construction lien may be invalid.
* Owners try to avoid construction liens, and often try to get you paid before you file a construction lien.
Understanding the importance of a Notice of Intent
The purpose of a Notice of Intent to Lien is to warn the construction property owner that a construction lien or mechanics lien is about to be filed on their construction site. The notice allows the owner the opportunity to attempt to resolve any payment disputes prior to a lien being filed on the real estate. It is nearly always in the owner's best interest to avoid mechanics liens on their property, so in many cases, providing this notice of intent to lien can result in quick payments.
For example, Colorado requires that, before filing a mechanics lien, a lienor must file a Notice of Intent to file a Lien Statement, and send it to the property owner. Colorado requires that this happen at least ten (10) days prior to filing the mechanic’s lien statement. If the notice of intent is not filed or sent timely, the mechanic’s lien will not be valid in most circumstances. The Missouri lien law statutes similarly require that a Notice of Intent be sent at least ten (10) days prior to the filing of a mechanics lien claim. In Maryland, a subcontractor or supplier who has not been paid for work performed or materials delivered is required to send a Notice of Intent to claim a lien within 120 days after its last day of performing work or delivery materials on the construction project. This is a requirement that must be met prior to proceeding with a lien claim application. Other states have similar requirements, so make sure you review the FAQ section of our website before moving ahead with a construction lien that may first require an intent to lien.
By filing or sending a notice of intent, you protect your rights to file a construction lien or a mechanics lien. You also potentially save time and money by allowing the owner a brief period of time to review the claim, and attempt to resolve it. We understand that preparing, serving and filing notices of intent can be confusing, so we provide you tools to help create the documents you need to finish and file a notice of intent.
Since lien laws vary across the country, not every state requires a notice of intent. But those that do require a notice of intent strictly enforce the requirement, both in terms of timing and in terms of process and form. Notices of intent must be filed in specific jurisdictions, and must be provided to specific parties (such as the owner, the general contractor, or the person that hired you). Working with LienItNow.com not only helps you through the notice of intent process, but our system is completely transparent. Customers who file a notice of intent to lien are able to preview the document in real time while it is being completed. This helps to avoid errors and paying for something before you know what you're getting. If you don't have all the information at your fingertips to complete your notice of intent in one sitting, you don't have to worry: LienItNow.com saves the information you entered until you come back and are able to complete the order.
From late payment to non-payment, the construction cycle can wear down even the best contractors. Sending or filing a notice of intent to lien on the property ensures that your ability to file a mechanics lien claim is preserved. Stop wondering whether your receivables will ever be paid: lien it fast, lien it right... LienItNow.
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In many States, notices of intent are required to be served prior to the filing of a mechanics lien. Find out more information on your State's notice of intent requirements by visiting our FAQ section.