Am I required to send preliminary notice? If not, does the 60day rule apply to me?
I was the subcontractor on a large single family home deck project in washington state. I have been paid very little by the GC. I provided mainly labor in the form of 3 laborers, and occasionally myself. I also provided some construction consultation/management and minimal materials (maybe $100). I have thus far been paid approx $5k and am still owed about $19k mainly labor. Approximately 50% of the yet unpaid labor was performed more than 60days ago. I would like to place a lien on the owner.
I read RCW 60.04.031 and it seems like I am required to give notice of right to clam a lien. Am I exempt? if so, is my lien still constrained by the 60day rule? The remaining unpaid balance on the GC’s contract is approximately $11k. Is this the maximum I can lien for even if I do not have to provide notice?