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Why is GC asking me to sign a Partial Lien Release?

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I am a sub for a GC and just got a request to sign and notarize a Partial Release of Lien which reads: "The undersigned lienor, in consideration of the sum of Check #5090. Received, hereby partially waives and releases its lien and right to claim of lien for labor services and/or materials Furnished through November 23, 2020...." The job is only half way finished and GC is not answering to schedule rest of job. Is this a normal practice or does GC have some arterial motive or trying to get rid of me?

3 replies

Dec 2, 2020

I can't speak to the GC's motive, but it is common for a GC to ask for a partial release every time they pay a subcontractor. Be careful and make sure the partial release only releases your lien for the amount of money being paid. If you have concerns, consult with an attorney to discuss the language of the lien release.

Dec 2, 2020

Do you do a lot of commercial work? Because this is standard operating procedure on commercial jobs - i.e., the partial release, not the non-responsiveness of the GC.

Dec 2, 2020
Thanks. This was our first Commercial project.

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