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How does a contractor or sub-contractor effectively terminate a Notice to Owner?

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We are the Owner of a commercial building and currently have a construction project for a single suite. The sub-contractor submitted a NTO with the incorrect project information. The suite number is wrong on the NTO. The sub sent me a letter on their letterhead "retracting the notice to owner". Is this sufficient?

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Aug 27, 2018
Generally, notices or other documents that are not recorded do not need to be released if they contain an error or the noticing party wishes to cancel/terminate them for any other reason. When the noticing party wishes to do so, a "retraction letter" or other notification is simply to inform the interested parties that the previous document should not be relied upon.

Since a Florida notice to owner is not recorded, and "is not a lien, cloud, or encumbrance on the real property nor actual or constructive notice of any of them" there is no need for a party to formally terminate one.

If there is still time prior to the expiration of the earlier date of: (a) 45 days after first providing labor or materials; (b) 45 days when work begins on making specialty materials; (c) final payment to the party above the noticing party; a correct NTO may still be sent.
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