Sending an Idaho preliminary notice is an effective way to speed up payment on a construction project. A preliminary notice is an informational document typically sent to the property owner near the beginning of a construction project. Here's what you need to know about the rules and requirements for sending preliminary notice in Idaho.
While Idaho's mechanics lien statute doesn't specifically require preliminary notices to be sent in most situations, there are still things to know. It's important to know what is required and what's not, and make sure the corner cases are understood in order to make sure you get the benefit of providing visibility when notices are not required, and that all rules and requirements are met in the event that a notice is required. These are some frequently asked questions about the notice process in Idaho, with answers by construction attorneys and payment experts.
Idaho does not generally require any notice to be given prior to a mechanics lien or bond claim.
For residential projects, however, the general contractor must provide the homeowner or residential property purchaser with a written Residential Disclosure Statement prior to entering into a contract greater than $2,000.
Who should I send a notice to on an Idaho construction project?
Idaho does not require a preliminary notice, so it can be sent to any party you choose. It’s generally best practice to send a notice to the property owner at the very least. Keep in mind that this document will help improve your ability to get paid on time, so it’s always a good idea to send the notice to anyone who needs to sign off on your payment.
How do I put a lien on the property and sue these people for kicking me out after remodeling and getting my tools stolen
First, filing a lien under the circumstances you present is problematic. There are strict deadlines for noticing intent and recording your lien. Sounds to me like this is an afterthought and not within 4 months of your last date of work, but perhaps I'm wrong there. In any event, if you're seeking items from two years ago, I doubt that would go well for you under a mechanic's lien theory of recovery.
Second, it doesn't sound like there was much of an arrangement between you and the owner, this was something you were doing to improve the residence you were living in.
Third, if you're broke, what good is the mechanic's lien anyway? Even if it were valid, you'd still need to take action on it to pursue it. If they've just refi'd, I imagine the property is encumbered to a not-insignificant extent. The loan already closed, so presumably they aren't going to refi again or sell very soon. If you don't have the money to pursue a wrongful eviction, foreclosure likely isn't within your current financial ability to pursue. If you aren't going to foreclose, then you still have other claims and remedies, but I'd think you'd handle most of those claims and damages within a wrongful eviction case, should you ever have the means to pursue that case.
I have not been paid and didnt file the 20 day due 9 months ago
Most likely your best course of action at this point would be a demand letter and potentially a breach of contract action against the GC who has not paid you. If there is a payment bond on the project your may still have time to make a claim against this bond. But otherwise, because you did not send preliminary notice, you would not have lien rights.
Idaho is one of the few states without a general preliminary notice requirement. In fact, the only instance in Idaho where notice is specifically required to be sent prior to claiming a valid Idaho mechanics lien is when a general contractor is performing work on a residential project with a contract in excess of $2,000. For these projects, the general contractor must send a Residential Disclosure Statement.
However, a preliminary notice has many benefits beyond protecting mechanics lien rights. Visibility can be tough to gain on a construction project, and by raising a hand, and providing visibility of project participants to the owner or GC, it makes it much easier for the parties with the money to manage the payment chain throughout the project and make sure everybody is getting paid.
This generic notice form can be used in Idaho, or any other state where notice is not required. It provides information about your company to the property owner, general contractor, and other parties in charge of payment on a construction project.
If you are a general contractor on a residential contract for more than $2,000, you must provide the homeowner with a Residential Disclosure Statement.