Washington D.C. Lien Waiver Rules
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No Specific Form
Washington DC does not require any specific or statutory lien waiver form. Any form may be used.
Notarization Not Required
Washington DC lien waivers are not required to be notarized, and should not be notarized.
Can Waive Rights in Contract
There is no specific prohibition on waiving future lien rights through contract, provided that both parties have a clear intention that the lien rights be waived.
Can Waive Rights Before Payment
There is no specific prohibition on waiving lien rights prior to payment, provided that both parties have a clear intention that the lien rights be waived.
Whenever payment exchanges hands in the construction industry, parties typically exchange lien waivers to document the receipt of funds and the waiver of any mechanics lien rights. Lien waivers can be regulated heavily, or not regulated at all. Nevertheless, they are almost always a source of confusion with lots of room for error.
Below are some frequently asked questions about the lien waiver laws and requirements in Washington D.C.