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General Description:

Warns the owner that you will be filing a mechanic’s lien if payment is not made. Hopefully, it will create a serious dialog for settlement. Come up with your bottom line amount to settle and be prepared to offer it if the owner is negotiating in good faith. Remember that the last thing an owner wants is a lien on their property — it jeopardizes title, interferes with their relationship with the construction lender, and prevents refinancing or sale. This notice is worded in a non-threatening manner so as to capitalize on this situation, with the owner knowing that you are required by law to file a lien within a set period of time or lose your lien rights.

When? 10 days before recording the lien.

How? Certified mail. For generals, serve the owner. For subs and suppliers, serve the general and the owner.

Recorded or notarized? Neither required.

Attach a copy of your last invoice? Yes, a good idea.

Next step: To show them you are serious, record your mechanic’s lien on the 11th day. Go to the top of the home page and download your state’s lien.

Do not use for these states:  The form should not be used in Nevada, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, north Dakota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The states have their own statutory forms. Go to the state page and ordered there.

Bonus—Comes with 2 forms: Regardless of your license status, there are times when you have a contract directly with the owner and other times directly with the prime contractor or another sub. Your purchase comes with two forms covering both situations.