For the rest of January, we’re going to run a blog series focusing on how mechanic lien laws affect those in the material supply business. These blog posts will address the challenges material suppliers specifically face when trying to comply with lien and notice statutes across the country, and answer from frequently asked questions and frequently encounter scenarios in the mechanics lien context.
Material suppliers are present on virtually every construction project, but what’s really interesting about them in the mechanics lien context is that they aren’t actually present at all. They usually supply materials from afar, never stepping foot on any project jobsite. They presume (and the law presumes) that their materials are incorporated into the improvement where delivered, and are usually supplying to a pretty high volume of projects at any given time.
For these reasons, mechanic lien laws in each state pay special attention to material suppliers. While the property owner can pass by a project jobsite and gauge how many subcontractors or laborers are working and what they’re doing, it’s much more difficult for the property owner to keep track of where all of the building materials originate. The result is that material suppliers have high compliance requirements to preserve, perfect and enforce their lien or bond rights.
I’m very excited about this January series of posts for material suppliers. To prepare for the series, I went through our archive and was disappointed about the lack of content available to material suppliers. These posts will change that for the better.