At the start of each new construction project, subcontractors and material suppliers in the state of Washington are mandated to mail a Preliminary Notice, or Notice to Owner. This tells the owner of the property that someone is working on the project, and in the event that they’re not paid, they have the legal right to record a mechanic’s lien against the property. A Preliminary Notice is essential in the event of a non-payment and by not abiding by the statute, contractors and suppliers may not be able to collect the money that’s owed in the event of non-payment. At CNS, we process thousands of notices every month and have perfected a system to give our customers efficient and accurate completed requests.
MECHANIC’S LIEN RECORDING
At CNS we process hundreds of Mechanic’s Liens a month throughout Washington and have created a streamline process to timely record your lien. A Mechanic’s Lien provides the contractor and supplier a right of foreclosure of the property if they are not paid and is used as a collection tool to receive money owed. For a list of Washington Counties and how to record a mechanics lien in each one, click here!
Filing a bond claim is common across many states, including Washington. It’s an assurance used on state public works, and large commercial or residential jobs. In the event that the general contractor fails to fulfill its obligations, the bond will be used to pay the suppliers, subcontractors, and ultimately finish the project.
Enacted in 1935, the Miller Act requires general contractors of Federal construction projects to post Performance Bonds and Payment Bonds (“PNP Bonds”) to guarantee the performance of their contractual duties and the payment to subcontractors and material suppliers. Miller Act bond claims are universal across all states, although the nuances of state-specific Little Miller Acts may vary.
Once you receive payment and you no longer need the lien recorded, CNS can help you release your lien. If you are told to release the lien by an attorney or judge after the lien has been paid or timeframes have expired, and you do not do so, you may face penalties. Avoid these by having CNS timely release your lien.