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STOP NOTICE
What is a Stop Notice?
A Stop Notice is another mechanism for subcontractors in some states to seek payment for their work on construction projects. It can be used instead of, or in addition to, a Construction Lien. The main difference between a Construction Lien and a Stop Notice is that the lien is secured against the property, ‘trapping’ it from being sold or transferred until your bill is paid. On the other hand, the notice has no affect on the property – instead, it ‘traps’ the funds on the project. As soon as a notice is received, the project owner or financier must withhold sufficient money to pay your claim. So until you are paid, payments to other parties are frozen.

Who needs to send one?
You can choose to send a Stop Notice if you are a contractor or supplier on a public or private construction project and have not been paid for your work.
The notice can be used as an alternative to – or in support of – a Construction Lien. These notices are available in a minority of states, so you should only file one if your state has a Stop Notice statute. The notices are mostly used in California, Mississippi and Arizona, but are also available in Alaska and Washington. For full details relevant to your state, check your state requirements.

How to send a Stop Notice?
Stop Notices are generally sent and not filed anywhere. They are usually sent to the owner of a property, the prime contractor, or the company that is financing the project. Different states have different requirements for how the notice must be sent, what it must include, and who must receive it. You also need to keep meticulous records of when the document was sent and received as it will not be recorded anywhere. Preparing and sending a notice can be a complex and lengthy process, and small mistakes can make the difference between getting paid or not. Notice RENO does the legwork for you, so sending a notice couldn’t be easier. Simply fill in a Stop Notice form and we’ll do the rest for you.
  • Researching the property owner and the property description
  • Recording the lien with the County Recorder
  • Serving the filed lien to intended parties
  • Our System allows you to Track YOUR deadlines
  • Retaining records of all notices on our database for easy future access
Get a free proposal now! Call us or fill in the form below and one of our notice specialists will contact you within 1 hour. Is a Stop Notice necessary? Stop Notices can only be used in a minority of states. If your state does not accept them, you will be wasting your time and money in sending one. In the states where they are accepted, a notice can be a useful mechanism to help you get paid for your work as it places a freeze on the project funds until your payment is made. If you intend to send a notice, it will be most effective if you send it as soon as possible, so that you can trap funds while they are still available. If you send the notice once payments have been made down the contracting chain, chances are there will be no funds left to trap, so the notice will be useless. However, if sent in good time, a Stop Notice makes the property owner accountable for your debt, and can ensure this is paid before any other money is spent on the project.
MILLER ACT NOTICE
What is a Miller Act Notice?
A Miller Act Notice (or Miller Act Claim) is used instead of a Construction Lien to seek payment for your work on a federal construction project. The federal government will not allow its property to be lien, so instead suppliers or subcontractors on federal construction projects can demand their payment rights under the Miller Act. (To claim payment on state or municipal projects, you must file a Construction Bond claim).

Who needs to file one?
You should file a Miller Act claim if you have not been paid for your materials or services on a federal construction project. You can only file a Miller Act claim if you are a subcontractor or a sub-subcontractor.
Prime contractors cannot make a claim under the Miller Act – instead, they must bring contract claim lawsuit against the government. Third tier subcontractors (e.g. if you are a supplier to a supplier) also have no rights under the Miller Act. Instead, you must pursue payment directly from the party you contracted with.

How to file a Miller Act Notice.
First, you need to be sure that you’re on a qualifying federal construction project – these will generally be projects conducted on a federal property (e.g. U.S. Military or U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs). You also need to know the name of the surety and public entity in charge of the work – both of which you are entitled to request. Depending on the work you provided, and who you were contracted by, Miller Act deadlines can vary. Both first tier subcontractors (i.e. you contracted directly with the prime contractor) and second tier subcontractors (i.e. you supplied services or materials to subcontractors) have 1 year from the last date you provided materials or services to the project to file a suit on the bond. Usually, you must first deliver a Miller Act Notice within 90 days of your last day on the job. Filing a Miller Act Notice can be a complex and lengthy process, with a high margin of error. With us, LLC sending a claim couldn’t be easier. Notice RENO’s research services will include the following:
  • Researching the property owner, property description, research the bonding information
  • Researching the Identity of the bond or surety company
  • Serving the filed claim to the appropriate party
  • Our System allows you to Track YOUR deadlines
  • Retaining records of all notices and liens on our database for easy future access

Is a Miller Act Notice necessary?
If you’re working on a federal construction project and have not been paid for your labor or services, then filing a Miller Act claim is the only way to claim your payment. However, if you’re a fist tier supplier, you need not send the Miller Act Notice (even though it is still good practice to do so) – you can instead go straight to bring suit against the payment bond within one year from when you last furnished materials or services to the project. As a second tier supplier, however, you are required to deliver a Miller Act Notice within 90 Days of last furnishing materials or services, before you can bring suit against the payment bond.

How does it work?
The Miller Act stipulates that before any contract of more than $100,000 is awarded on a federal project, the prime contractor must post a bond to protect subcontractors and material suppliers from non-payment. If you’re supplying materials or labor to the project, you are entitled to get a copy of the Miller Act Bond. It’s important to make a formal request for this, as the information may be necessary for when you’re filing your Miller Act claim. By filing a Miller Act claim, you obligate the bonding company holding the Miller Act Bond to pay your claim directly.
CONSTRUCTION BOND CLAIM
What is a Construction Bond claim?
A Construction Bond claim (or a Bond Claim Notice) is generally used to claim payment on a state, county or municipal construction project. Private projects can also be bonded. Lien rights do not apply to state-owned property as the state government won’t allow anyone to foreclose on its land. They have what’s called sovereign immunity. Instead, you can claim your payment rights through a construction bond.

How to send a Construction Bond Notice?
The first thing to remember is that construction bonds need to be filed within certain deadlines, just like other liens or notices.
Each state has different bond claim guidelines and deadlines, so you need to check your state requirements. Some states also require you to send preliminary notices – and these may be entirely different to the preliminary notices required in the same state for private projects. In addition, you need to supply all relevant paperwork and documentation related to your contract so that your claim on bonds cannot be disputed. With us, sending a bond claim couldn’t be easier.
Notice RENO’s research services will include the following:
  • Researching nature of the construction project and identifying your state requirements
  • Researching the Identity of the bond or surety company
  • Mailing the filed bond to the appropriate party
  • Retaining records of all notices and liens on our database for easy future access

Is a Construction Bond claim necessary?
If you’re working on a state or county construction project that’s bonded and have not been paid for your supplies, labor and/or services, sending a bond claim can be a powerful way of receiving your payment.

How does it work?
Although the state government will not allow liens on its property, prime contractors on some state projects are required to post a bond that will cover the payment of all subcontractors and suppliers on the project. This payment bond is secured by a surety company, which covers the debt if the prime contractor defaults. The main difference from a Construction Lien is that a lien is secured against a property, while a Construction Bond claim is secured by the payment bond.
CONTRUCTION LIEN
What is a Construction Lien?
A Construction Lien is a lien that may be recorded against real property in the event of non-payment.

Who has a right to file a lien?
Anyone who has worked on a construction project and has not been paid for their material, services, and/or labor should consider consulting with an attorney regarding filing a Construction Lien to secure their payment rights.
The following may have lien rights:
  • Contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors
  • Laborers
  • Material or equipment suppliers
  • Professionals such as Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors and Interior Designers
With us having your lien recorded couldn’t be easier! Our research services will include the following:
  • Forwarding your lien processing request to a Licensed attorney
  • Researching the property owner and the property description
  • Recording the lien with the County Recorder
  • Mailing the filed lien as instructed by attorney
  • Retaining records of all notices and liens on our database for easy future access

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