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7 months ago

I installed counter tops for a contractor for a restaurant. The only thing missing was back splash that the customer never answered so we could fully complete the job. We have been trying to collect payment for the finished product only but have been given the run around. Customer had someone else finished back splash so i see no intent to pay us for work done. Can i still file a lien?

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Arizona preliminary notice requirements

First and foremost, in order to secure full Arizona mechanics lien protection, you must have first sent a 20-day preliminary notice to the owner within 20 days of first furnishing labor or materials to the project. This can be served late, but this will present a timing issue. As a late preliminary notice will only cover the labor or materials provided in the 20 days leading up to the late notice and all labor or materials provided thereafter. But failure to send a preliminary notice in Arizona will be fatal to your lien rights.

Deadline to file an Arizona mechanics lien

If you’ve sent a preliminary notice, then the next thing to keep an eye on is the mechanics lien filing deadline. The base rule is that an Arizona mechanics lien must be filed within 120 days of the completion of the project. If, however, the property owner filed a Notice of Completion, then the deadline to file is cut to just 60 days after the notice is recorded.

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Disclaimer: Disclaimer: NOTE. The information presented here is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be construed nor relied upon as such. Furthermore, this posting does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you need legal advice, seek the counsel of a licensed, local attorney.
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