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FloridaLien DeadlinesMechanics LienPayment DisputesPreliminary Notice

i have a contract on the amount of 17,000.00 i do around 50% of the job i submit to the clint just invoice on the amount of 2700.00 he stop me to continue because he need to do some work that its his responsibility on September 1 i received part of 2700.00 just 3 day ago i find out that he finish to do the work that belong to our contract now he ask me a release of line and he did not want to pay me even the work that i all reedy done do you thenk that i can do a lein

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Nov 1, 2017
Depending on whether a party contracts directly with the property owner or with another party, Florida has strict preliminary notice requirements that may apply. Any party (except wage laborers) who does not have a direct contractual relationship with the property owner is required to serve a Notice to Owner within the earlier of 1) 45 days from first furnishing services or materials, 2) 45 days from when work begins on making specialty materials, or 3) 45 days before owner’s final payment to prime contractor.

As well as the preliminary notice requirements, there are strict timing and form requirements for filing the lien itself. A mechanics lien in Florida must be filed within 90 days of last day work was performed, and also must be served on the property owner 15 days after filing.

If all the requirements are met, the amount of any lien would be limited to the value of the labor/materials furnished, not the total amount. There may be other avenues to recover, as well, like filing a lawsuit - where potentially additional damages could be recovered, as well.
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