Disclaimer: The information on this webpage is NOT the same as legal advice. SunRay Construction Solutions, LLC is not an attorney or a law firm. We recommend that you consult with an attorney.
What is a Notice of Intent to Lien?
A Notice of Intent to Lien is a construction document sent by subcontractors or suppliers on an unpaid project. It is sent immediately before filing a Mechanics Lien, and warns that you will lien the project if payment is not received within a certain number of days.
It is not to be confused with a Preliminary Notice, which is usually sent at the very start of a project as a safeguard to future lien rights.
Who needs to file one?
Filing a Notice of Intent to Lien can be a good way to get your case in front of the eyes of general contractors or property owners before you file the more costly Mechanics Lien. It also lets everyone know that you’re serious about your lien rights, which is why it often leads to payment before a lien is required.
In some states, a Notice of Intent is a legal requirement before you can file a Mechanics Lien
How do I send SunRay my information?
With Sunray Construction Solutions requesting your notices couldn’t be easier. SunRay’s research team provides the following:
- Researching the property owner and the legal property description, NOCs (if applicable), and Bonding Information
- Delivering the notice
- Tracking delivery and obtaining a certified delivery receipt
- Our System allows you to Track YOUR deadlines
- Retaining records of all notices on our database for easy future access
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Is a Notice of Intent necessary?
In a minority of states, a Notice of Intent to Lien is a legal requirement before a Mechanics Lien can be filed. The notice is required in the following states:
- North Dakota
You need to allow enough time so you don’t miss any deadlines. Deadlines vary by state, but in general a Notice of Intent to Lien usually needs to be filed between 7 – 30 days before filing a lien, and it will NOT extend your Mechanics Lien deadline.
If you miss this deadline you could forfeit your right to lien a property.