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Is there a form we can send to our customers asking them to sign and verify that they are providing the true end location for delivery of supplies?

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We have found that it is possible for our contractors to provide an inaccurate delivery location for their project, then we could end up liening the wrong location or losing our lien rights because it wasn't actually direct shipped.

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Mar 8, 2018
That's a tough situation, I'm sure. For residential projects in Iowa, the Notice of Commencement posted by a GC on the lien registry makes the project information (including the project location) visible, and there are penalties for falsifying the information contained on the Notice of Commencement. Unfortunately, it does not appear that such a requirement exists on non-residential projects. Presumably, that information can be asked for at the time of contracting, and a clause attesting to the truthfulness of the information provided might be an option. Another option could be to try and find building permits associated with the project, as the location of the work would be present on such a permit. Ultimately, though, while voluntary requests for that information may be available, it will be tough to force a general contractor to be truthful when providing the location of the project property when doing so is not specifically required by statute.
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