Securing Lien Rights With The Best Florida NTO Service

By: Adam Salhanick

Contracts are a vital part of any construction project. The owner hires the prime contractor, who in turn hires laborers and subcontractors to do some of the work, and purchases materials for the job from material suppliers. Depending upon the complexity of a project, there may be several contractors and sub-contractors involved.
According to Florida law, anyone who helps improve the property, or provide materials, and is not paid-in-full, has a right to enforce a claim for payment against that property. This claim is known as a Construction Lien or Mechanics Lien. Florida Mechanics Lien is a hold against a property that, if unpaid, allows a foreclosure action, forcing the sale of that property. It is recorded with the County Recorder's office by the unpaid contractor, subcontractor or supplier.
The owner, contractor and lender are required to receive a ‘Notice to Owner’ warning about such property liens. A Notice To Owner (NTO) is a prerequisite for recording a Claim Of Lien for materials or labors supplied to the property under the Florida Construction Laws. A Notice to Owner informs the recipients that the company identified in the NTO is on a specific job, and provides a general description of the type of materials they are supplying or the type of work they will be performing. In order to preserve lien rights, the NTO must be served to the owner in a legally sufficient manner, no later than 45 days after the lienor commences to furnish labor and materials to the construction project job site.
Most of the people involved are unsure about how to prepare an NTO. Also, the time deadline of 45 days for filing a Florida NTO requires quick action, and failing to do so may result in not getting paid for the work. A prompt and accurate service that is well-versed with the NTO Florida and Florida Construction Lien Laws can save them from all kinds of processing hassles like designing, printing and mailing NTOs within the set timeframes. Such a professional service proves to be of great help by protecting lien rights and increasing the likelihood of getting people paid for the work performed.
Just as a contractor comes to the jobsite with proper tools and equipment, similarly he should employ an eminent NTO service to protect his right to be paid for the work he does!

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Adam Salhanick is the founder of Ez NTO and is an expert in Florida's NTO and Construction Lien laws.

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