Can you file a Preliminary 20 day notice on a property after your client sells the property to a new owner?

6 days ago

Started project as the General Contractor with owner of the property 60 days ago. Owner sold property and has not paid invoices. Can we prepare and send out a Preliminary 20 day notice for the amount owed for the last 20 days of work on the project and use the new owners name or the previous owners name?

Owner Law Office of Steven R. Lovett

A preliminary notice must be filed at the beginning of the job or it only relates back 20 days. It is not required if there is a direct relationship with the owner, unless a construction lender is financing the project. If the project has been sold, it is too late for a mechanics lien to be recorded, since it had to be recorded within 90 days of completion of work on the project.

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