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Notice of Commencement

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Anonymous contractor
Nov 21, 2020

I hired a GC to do a renovation. He filed the Notice of commencement. The job was supposed to take 30 days. After 6 months of "no Shows" and poor craftmanship, I told him I could no longer work with him. I pulled new permits and hired new individuals to complete the work. Recently, he left a message on my phone saying that he was putting a lien on my property for the entire contract price. I paid him for the work he performed. Should I cancel the NOC or hire an attorney?

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Anonymous contractor
Nov 21, 2020

I would terminate the NOC as soon as possible. If you need assistance with that, contact an attorney. Other than that, I would wait to see if he follows through on his threat to record a lien. If he has not done work in over six months, he is well outside his lien timeframe of 90 days and he probably knows that.

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Anonymous contractor
Nov 21, 2020

You should hire an attorney. Cancelling the notice of commencement will keep his lien from taking priority over any liens or mortgages filed after the notice of commencement, but it won't keep him from filing a lien.

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