Rhode Island Notice of Possible Mechanics Lien – Form
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Direct contractors (those contracted with the owner) must send this Rhode Island preliminary notice to the property owner prior to commencing work on a private construction project. The Notice of Possible Mechanics Lien can either be “incorporated conspicuously in a written contract” or sent to the owner by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Failing to send this notice is fatal to the contractor’s right to file a mechanics lien in RI for non-payment.
Subcontractors and suppliers in Rhode Island do not have a preliminary notice requirement.
This form was created by construction lawyers to meet the requirements outlined in Rhode Island’s Mechanics’ Lien Law, Gen. Laws 1956 § 34-28-1 et. seq.
Rules and regulations for sending a Rhode Island Preliminary Notice
If you contracted directly with the property owner or tenant to perform construction services, you must furnish a "Notice of Possible Mechanics Lien" to the property owner within 10 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the project, or you may lose your right to lien. This deadline marks the end of this short period.
After completing the Rhode Island Notice of Possible Mechanics Lien – Form, you must deliver it to the appropriate parties required by statute. Notices are typically served on the property owner and, for sub-tier parties, the general contractor. However, depending on the type of notice, it can be helpful to send notices to anyone else who is in charge of your payment, like a lender or surety company on the project.
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Rhode Island County Recorders
Looking to file/record a mechanics lien in Rhode Island? You'll need to get your Rhode Island mechanics lien filed and recorded with the county recorder in the county where the construction project is located. Here is a listing of all county recorders in Rhode Island. Click on any county to find more information about how to get your lien recorded in that county.
10 Court Street
Bristol, Rhode Island, 2809
3275 Post Rd
Warwick, Rhode Island, 2886
NEWPORT, Rhode Island, 2840
phone: (401) 845-5334
Providence City Hall 25 Dorrance Street Providence Room 508
Providence, Rhode Island, 2903
phone: 401 421 7740 (ask for recorder of deeds
Town Hall, 45 Broad Street
Westerly, Rhode Island, 2891