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Louisiana

Notice of Intent Requirement
No, Not Required
Louisiana GC's don't need to send a Notice of Nonpayment or a Final Notice of Nonpayment to preserve their lien rights. This is true under both the old and new rules.

Other parties hired by the owner might be entitled to send a Notice of Intent, though. Check the FAQs below for more details.

Louisiana

Notice of Intent Requirement
Under the "old" Louisiana notice rules, a Notice of Nonpayment is completely voluntary for Louisiana subs.

Under the "new" rules, Final Notice of Nonpayment is voluntary - but it can extend the lien deadline for some residential projects. More details in the FAQs below.

Louisiana

Notice of Intent Deadline
Completely voluntary NOIs don't have a deadline.

For subcontractors looking to extend their deadline, a Final Notice of Nonpayment must be sent at least 10 days prior to their lien deadline.

Louisiana

Notice of Intent Requirement
Under the old notice rules, material suppliers on residential projects must send a Notice of Nonpayment.

Under the new rules, the Final Notice of Nonpayment is voluntary but can extend the lien deadline for some residential projects. More details in the FAQs below.

Louisiana

Notice of Intent Deadline
If a notice will be sent, it must be sent at least 10 days before the lien is filed to be effective - that's true under both the old and new rules.

Louisiana has traditionally been considered one of the few states that has a Notice of Intent to Lien requirement due to it’s Notice of Nonpayment requirements. However, after recent amendments to Louisiana’s mechanics lien laws, the Louisiana “Final Notice of Nonpayment” requirements leave the state with an optional, “best practices” version of a Notice of Intent.

Still, for jobs that were begun before January 1, 2020, the old notice rules will apply. Meaning, material suppliers will need to send a Notice of Nonpayment at least 10 days before they file their lien claims.

For jobs beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the new notice rules apply. Meaning, some parties will be able to send a Final Notice of Nonpayment at least 10 days prior to the lien deadline – and doing so will extend the deadline by 10 days.

Since some rules will apply for one job, but other rules may apply for another – we’ll look at both sides of the coin on this page. And, note that sending the document via an online platform can make life easier when complying with confusing requirements.

Regardless of what’s technically “required,” keep in mind that a Notice of Intent to Lien can be a powerful recovery tool in and of itself. Because a mechanics lien can be such a frightening prospect to property owners and other top of chain parties, knowing that a lien may be filed soon could be enough to get paid.

Louisiana Notice of Intent FAQs

Louisiana lien law is complex, and the fact that it was recently overhauled doesn't help things. Because some projects have different rules than others (based on when the project began), we'll break down each rule separately under each question. Rules effective for projects starting before January 1, 2020 will be labeled as the "old rules". For jobs beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the "new rules" will apply.

With that in mind, here are some common questions and answers. Importantly, keep in mind that Louisiana calls its Notice of Intent a "Notice of Nonpayment" under the old rules, and we're calling it a "Final Notice of Nonpayment" under the new rules.

For Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Others

Is a Louisiana Notice of Intent to Lien required?

Old rules

Sometimes.

Material suppliers must send a Notice of Intent to Lien (called a “Notice of Nonpayment”) at least 10 days before filing their lien claim.

New rules

No, but notice could extend your lien deadline on residential jobs.

For residential jobs where there is no Notice of Contract, all suppliers and equipment rental companies can extend their lien deadline by 10 days if they send a Notice of Intent to Lien (called a “Final Notice of Nonpayment”) at least 10 days before their lien deadline. The same is true for anyone who’s hired by someone other than the property owner – like subcontractors, specialty contractors, etc.

When do I need to send a Louisiana Notice of Intent to Lien?

Old rules

Material suppliers must send a Notice of Intent to Lien Notice of Nonpayment at least 10 days before filing a mechanics lien.

New Rules

Anyone sending a Final Notice of Nonpayment must send their notice at least 10 days before their lien deadline. Otherwise, the notice won’t work to extend the deadline.

Which parties must receive a Louisiana Notice of Intent to Lien?

Old rules

A Notice of Nonpayment must be sent to the property owner when hired by the owner or the GC. When hired by someone other than an owner or GC, notice should be sent to both the owner and the GC.

New rules

A Final Notice of Nonpayment must be sent to the property owner.

Still, it might also be a good idea to send the document to the GC as well as any other higher-tiered parties. The more people aware of the payment issue, the more pressure there will be on the customer to make payment.

How should the Louisiana Notice of Intent to Lien be sent?

Old rules

A Notice of Nonpayment must be sent registered or certified mail with return receipt requested.

New rules

Final Notice of Nonpayment must be sent certified or registered mail.

Does the Notice of Intent affect my lien rights or lien deadline?

Old rules

A material supplier’s failure to send a Notice of Nonpayment will be fatal to a lien claim.

New rules

A Final Notice of Nonpayment isn’t required. But, if a claimant wishes to send one and to extend their lien deadline by doing so, then the notice must be sent on time – at least 10 days before the lien deadline.

For Public Projects

Does Louisiana require Notices of Intent on public projects?

No.

The Louisiana Notice of Intent to Lien requirements are found in the state’s Private Works Act. The Louisiana Public Works Act doesn’t create a Notice of Intent Requirement.

However, keep in mind that sending a Notice of Intent on a public job can be helpful to recover payment, even if it isn’t necessarily required.

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Louisiana Notice of Intent Statutes

Louisiana’s mechanics lien statute got a facelift on January 1, 2020, changing many of the state’s notice requirements. The Notice of Intent to Lien requirements (known in Louisiana as a “Final Notice of Nonpayment”) changed quite a bit.

Those changes, unfortunately, can’t cleanly be separated from the rest of the statute. You can find the relevant portion below but click here to read R.S.§ 4822 in its entirety.

Louisiana Notice of Intent Statute

§ 4822(D). Preservation of Claims and Privileges

D. If before expiration of the period provided in Subsection A of this Section and at least ten days before filing his statement of claim or privilege a person granted a privilege under R.S. 9:4801(3) or (4), or a claim and privilege under R.S. 9:4802, in connection with a residential work for which a timely notice of contract was not filed gives notice of nonpayment to the owner, setting forth the amount and nature of the obligation giving rise to the claim and privilege, then the period in which the person is permitted to file his statement of privilege or claim shall expire seventy days after:

(1) The filing of a notice of termination of the work.

(2) The substantial completion or abandonment of the work, if a notice of termination is not filed.

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