What Is A Notice to Owner?
State of Florida law requires that anyone who supplies labor, services or materials to a contractor on any construction job must send the owner of the construction project a "Notice to Owner" form to protect their rights to getting paid on the construction project. This notice informs the recipient that the company identified on the notice is on a specific job and provides a general description of the type of materials they are supplying or the type of work that they will be performing and with whom they have a direct contract. This notice gives this company lien rights shall the general contractor fail payment to them, yet it is not a lien. Before paying a contractor, the property owner should make sure that the company who has given the Notice to Owner has been paid by the contractors. This can be done by getting a lien waiver from the person identified in the Notice to Owner.
Who Should Send A Notice to Owner?
A materialman, laborer, or contractor who is not working for or who is not hired by the property owner directly and are making improvements to the property must serve a Notice to Owner in order to obtain lien rights to the property. The service of a Notice to Owner must be received within 45 days from the first day of improvements of delivery of materials.