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Alabama

Notice of Intent Requirement
No, Not Required
General contractors don't need to send a Notice of Unpaid Balance in order to preserve Alabama mechanics lien rights.

Alabama

Notice of Intent Requirement
Yes, Required
Notices of Unpaid Balance are specifically required to preserve the ability to file a valid mechanics lien.

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Alabama

Notice of Intent Deadline
Prior To Filing a Lien
An Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance must be sent anytime prior to filing a mechanics lien. But the earlier the better as it sets the amount of unpaid balance due that a claimant may lien for.

Alabama

Notice of Intent Requirement
Yes, Required
Notices of Unpaid Balance are specifically required to preserve the ability to file a valid mechanics lien. Unless a supplier has sent a Notice to Owner, then this notice will not be required.

Send Your Notice

Alabama

Notice of Intent Deadline
Prior To Filing a Lien
An Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance must be sent anytime prior to filing a mechanics lien. But the earlier the better as it sets the amount of unpaid balance due that a claimant may lien for.

Only a handful of states have a Notice of Intent to Lien (NOI) requirement, and Alabama is one of them. An Alabama NOI, also referred to as a Notice of Unpaid Balance, is required by all claimants who didn’t contract directly with the owner prior to filling a Statement of Lien. The only exception to this rule is material suppliers who have provided a Notice to Owner prior to furnishing any materials to the project. There is no specific deadline to send this notice, only that it is sent prior to filing a claim. However, the earlier the better as claimants required to send this notice are limited to an unpaid balance lien, which is set at the time the notice is served.

It can be a bit confusing, but it’s important to get this process right. Otherwise, mechanics lien rights will be lost. While it’s not always easy for your back office to keep these requirements straight, using an online platform to send these documents can take a lot of headache out of compliance.

Below, we’ve shared some common questions and answers regarding the Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance requirements.

Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance FAQs

Alabama is home to complex lien laws, and is one of the few states which requires a Notice of Intent to Lien (Notice of Unpaid Balance) before a lien can be filed. Below are some common questions and answers about these notices.

Who is required to send an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance?

All claimants who didn’t contract directly with the property owner are required to send an Alabama Notice Intent to Lien (referred to as a Notice of Unpaid Balance) to be able to file an Alabama mechanics lien. One exception to this requirement is a material supplier who provided a Notice to Owner prior to furnishing any materials to the project.

When is the deadline to send an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance?

Alabama law does not specify when exactly this notice must be served. Merely that it must be served prior to filing a mechanics lien. But the sooner the better, as such claimants will be limited to the unpaid balance due to the claiman’t’s hiring party at the time this notice is served.

Which parties must receive an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance?

The only party required to receive an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance is the property owner or their agent. However, it may be a good idea to send a copy to the general contractor as well.

What information should be included in an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance?

An Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance should include all of the following information in order to be valid:

• Claimant’s information

• Statement that the claimant claims a lien on the building or improvement

• The amount claimed to be due

• Brief description of labor and/or materials furnished

• Hiring party’s information

Download a free Alabama Notice of Unpaid Lien form here

How should the notice be sent in Alabama? Is it considered served when mailed or received?

The statutes do not specify how this Notice of Unpaid Balance needs to be sent in order to be valid. However, a property owner must receive actual notice. So sending the notice by registered or certified mail, with return receipt requested is the best way to ensure and prove that the owner actually received the notice.

• Also, emailing may even be an acceptable means of delivery of the AL Notice of Unpaid Balance.

What if I send an Alabama Notice of Unpaid Balance late?

As mentioned above, there is no specific deadline to serve a Notice of Unpaid Balance, only that it is served prior to filing a mechanics lien. Failure to send this notice prior to the lien filing, will render the claim invalid. When calculating when you should send this notice, there are two things to keep in mind:

• The general lien filing deadline in Alabama is 4 months after the date of last furnishing labor and materials to the project.

• Most claimants in Alabama are limited to an unpaid balance lien, so the earlier this notice is served, the more protection the lien claim will provide.

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