What is a Notice of Intent to Lien?
A Notice of Intent to file a lien is an official document sent to the homeowner and the general contractor informing them a mechanic’s lien will be filed on the property in thirty days if payment is not received.
Why serve a Notice of Intent to Lien?
This document is the best to way to secure past due payments and identify where the problem lies in the payment process. Within days you will know if the homeowner has not paid the general contractor or vice versa. This document informs the property owner of the negative effects of a lien on their property. Below you will find a quote from a company using ProActive Lien Services specifically for Notice of Intent to Lien:
"Our Company began using Proactive Lien Services in December, 2008. Almost every account we’ve sent them has paid within days of us submitting them. We have been very impressed with both the results we’ve seen and the professionalism they have employed. We are happy to recommend their services to anyone in the construction industry."
Kevin & Emily Lindus
Lindus Construction/ Midwest Leaf Guard
When to file a Notice of Intent to Lien
The Notice of Intent to Lien usually goes out at least 30 days prior to filing a lien. The amount of time you have to file the NOI following your last day of work varies by state. Every time an account goes past due, a Notice of Intent should be sent out immediately. We will help you determine the best timing for your company to send the NOI. We recommend you send the NOI as soon as a job comes past due, knowing the longer an account goes unpaid the less likely you are to receive payment.