Lien laws have been changing in most States and be sure to keep aware so you protect your rights.
In Iowa, many States now adopted according to our Law team, the right to file a lien has adopted new requirements...good and bad.
right to file a lien is now 2 years and 90 days.
To be given "first" right to recover this lien must be filed in the first 90 days following last work. After that you "get in line" for your portion of recovery.
Before the beginning of each project you must file a "Notice of Commencement of work" 10 days prior to commencement of work. Cost is $10.00 filed with the Secretary of State office. Without this Commencement of Work form on file you cannot
file a lien on any property. This form is then sent from the Sec of State office to the customer informing them of your reservation of rights under the respective Contractor rights. NOTE: you cannot file this form unless you are Licensed in the State as a General Contractor. Also note: A subcontractor has to file the same form as the GC if they want to protect their rights otherwise they cannot file a lien.
Was informed these laws have been adopted in many (not all) of the States. 3 out of 4 for our States.
: Can you imagine filing 100's of these on a Service Company and they a copy of each Notice? Can you imagine the TIME it will take to fill out all the forms? Are you willing to pay $10.00 for each Notice?
Its another MoneyGrab from the States and another REDUCTION of the rights of the Contractors!
Thats my .2$ worth.