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When does the clock start for a NTO in Florida? From the date of delivery of equipment or work commenced. Can the clock start from any other point in time?

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Delivery of equipment was on a Friday, began work on following Tuesday and completed the job 20 days after work began or would it be 24 days from equipment delivery. I did not file a NTO, and GC is not paying me for work performed. Can I still file a NTO?

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Sep 14, 2017
In Florida, the deadline for sending a Notice to Owner is calculated from the date of first furnishing services or materials, or, regarding specialty fabricated materials, the date when work began on making such materials. However, notice may not be given after the owner makes final payment to the GC.

The good news, however, is that a potential claimant has 45 days from the date of first furnishing in order to provide the notice (provided the owner hasn't made final payment to the GC). Accordingly, if it has been less than 45 days from the delivery of the equipment, a Notice to Owner can be provided and the particular nuances of which date sxtartsthe clock will not matter.
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