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Rhode Island Lien Waiver Rules


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lien waivers not regulated
No Specific Form

No specific form is required in order for a lien waiver to be effective in Rhode Island.


lien waivers do not need to be notarized
Notarization Not Required

Rhode Island lien waivers do not need to be notarized, all that is required is the signature of the waiving party.


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Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

Rhode Island does not allow future lien rights to be waived through contract.


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Cannot Waive Rights Before Payment

Rhode Island prohibits the waiver of lien rights prior to payment. Waivers may be delivered simultaneously with payment.

The content of Rhode Island waivers is mostly unregulated, but the timing is subject to specific requirements.

In Rhode Island, there aren’t specific laws that detail what language must or should be included on a lien waiver in order for it to be effective. Rhode Island not only isn’t one of the 12 states with statutory forms, but it also doesn’t mentioned the content of lien waivers at all. Parties on an Rhode Island construction project, therefore, have quite a bit of freedom with respect to what their lien waivers say and how they are formatted.

There are, however, more specific limitations on how and when contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers can waive their lien rights in Rhode Island. Since lien rights are a policy right of contractors and suppliers, Rhode Island has enacted protections to make sure those rights aren’t unfairly side-stepped. for example rhode Island does not allow lien waivers to be included in a contract or even before payment is provided.

Rhode Island law specifies that a contractual clause in a construction contract that attempts to bar or impair mechanics lien rights is against public policy and is void. In addition, a lien waiver is void if payment is not received. However a lien waiver is allowed to be delivered after or at the same time payment is made.

The resources, forms, guides, and frequently asked questions about Rhode Island Lien Waivers on this page will help you get it right.

Rhode Island Lien Waiver FAQs

Rhode Island's lien waiver rules can be difficult to understand. The language and form of lien waivers are almost completely unregulated, but the times they can be exchanged and be effective is limited. While the text of the wavier can be nearly anything there are limitations related to waivers ahead of payment and work. We have answers to some of the most common questions about Rhode Island lien waiver rules below.

Rhode Island Lien Waiver FAQs

Does Rhode Island require a specific statutory lien waiver form?

No, Rhode Island does not provide or require statutory forms for lien waivers.

What are the requirements for an Rhode Island lien waiver? What makes a lien waiver binding?

To be valid, a lien claimant must execute and deliver a written waiver of the right to a mechanic’s lien.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Rhode Island?

There is no statutory or jurisprudence prohibition.

Is there a specific statutory prohibition on lien waivers in advance of payments, furnishing of work, or furnishing of materials in Rhode Island?

Yes, Rhode Island prohibits the waiver of lien rights in advance of payment.  Waivers executed and delivered simultaneously with or after payment for the labor performed or the materials furnished are allowable.

Must a Rhode Island lien waiver be notarized?

No. Rhode Island statute does not require a lien waiver to be notarized. A lien waiver must be executed and delivered by the party waiving its lien rights.

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Free Rhode Island Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Rhode Island doesn’t regulate the text or format of  lien waiver forms. That means that construction participants need to be careful about what their lien waiver say. These forms can be used on Rhode Island construction projects, and were drafted by attorneys to be safe, easy, stress-free, and fair for everyone involved.

The forms provided here for free by Levelset were drafted by attorneys to be fair, and not full of surprises. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your simple and fair Rhode Island lien waiver form.

Free Rhode Island Lien Waiver Forms

These Rhode Island lien waiver forms are fair, drafted by construction attorneys to not have surprises. Make it easy, and use forms from the source you can trust.

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