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Iowa Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Notice of Commencement
10 days from first furnishing

Notice of Commencement

The General Contractor is required to post a Commencement of Work Notice through the Secretary of State's Mechanic's Lien and Notice Registry website. This must be posted no later than 10 days after commencement of the work.

Lien
2 years from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (GC's only)

A Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the general contractor within two years of last furnishing to the Iowa residential project.

Preliminary Notice
As soon as possible

Preliminary Notice

This preliminary notice is done on the Mechanic's Notice and Lien Registry website (MNLR). This notice must be sent as soon as possible. Failure to send this notice means you will be limited only to the balance due from the GC or the owner at the time the notice is filed.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien should be filed by the subcontractor within 90 days of last furnishing materials or labor to the Iowa residential project.

Lien
As soon as possible

Mechanic's Lien Filed After 90 Days (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien can be filed by the Iowa subcontractor on the residential project after the 90-day deadline of furnishing labor and/or materials. However, it should be filed within 2 years of the 90-day deadline. And it will only apply to whatever funds have not yet been paid to the general contractor.

Preliminary Notice
As soon as possible

Preliminary Notice

Suppliers in Iowa have 30 days from first furnishing labor and/or materials to send their Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder by a subcontractor on residential projects.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien should be filed by the supplier in Iowa within 90 days of last furnishing materials or labor to the residential project.

Lien
As soon as possible

Mechanic's Lien Filed After 90 Days (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien can be filed by the supplier on the Iowa residential project after the 90-day deadline of furnishing labor and/or materials. However, it should be filed within 2 years of the 90-day deadline. And it will only apply to whatever funds have not yet been paid to the general contractor.

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Notice of Commencement
10 days from first furnishing

Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder By Subcontractor/Supplier of Labor or materials to a Subcontractor (Commercial Projects only)

The General Contractor is required to post a Commencement of Work Notice for an Iowa residential project through the Secretary of State's Mechanic's Lien and Notice Registry website. This must be posted no later than 10 days after commencement of the work.

Lien
2 years from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (GC's only)

General Contractors working on commercial projects in Iowa must file a mechanic's lien within two years of last furnishing labor an/or materials.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder By Subcontractor/Supplier of Labor or materials to a Subcontractor (Commercial Projects only)

Subcontractors in Iowa have 30 days from first furnishing labor and/or materials to a commercial project to send their Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder to a subcontractor on commercial projects.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien should be filed by in Iowa by the subcontractor within 90 days of last furnishing materials or labor to the commercial project.

Lien
As soon as possible

Mechanic's Lien Filed After 90 Days (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien can be filed by the subcontractor on an Iowa residential project after the 90-day deadline of furnishing labor and/or materials. However, it should be filed within 2 years of the 90-day deadline. And it will only apply to whatever funds have not yet been paid to the general contractor.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder By Subcontractor/Supplier of Labor or materials to a Subcontractor (Commercial Projects only)

There are 30 days from first furnishing labor and/or materials for the supplier to send a Notice to General Contractor/Owner-Builder to a subcontractor on commercial projects.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Mechanic's Lien (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien should be filed in Iowa by the subcontractor within 90 days of last furnishing materials or labor to the commercial project.

Lien
As soon as possible

Mechanic's Lien Filed After 90 Days (Subcontractor)

A Mechanic's Lien can be filed by the subcontractor on an Iowa residential project after the 90-day deadline of furnishing labor and/or materials. However, it should be filed within 2 years of the 90-day deadline. And it will only apply to whatever funds have not yet been paid to the general contractor.

What is your role on the project?
Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Preliminary Notice

A Preliminary Notice must be sent by the subcontractor to the contractor 30 days from first furnishing materials or labor to the state job in Iowa.

Claim on Bond
30 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be filed by the subcontractor in Iowa within 30 days of completing work on the state job. Be mindful that the claim must be enforced 30 days after completion but not more than 60 days after completion.

Lien Upon Funds
30 days from last furnishing

Claim for Material or Labor (Public Lien Upon Funds)

A Lien Upon Funds for public projects is a collection tool available to subcontractors who have not been paid. This lien must be sent within 30 days of completion and final acceptance of the state project in Iowa.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Preliminary Notice

A Preliminary Notice must be sent by the supplier to the contractor 30 days from first furnishing materials or labor to the Iowa state job.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from 1st furnishing

Notification By Material Supplier (Public Improvement Only)

A notification by material suppliers on public projects has to be sent 30 days from first furnishing to the state project in Iowa before sending this notice.

Claim on Bond
30 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

A Claim on bond must be filed by the supplier within 30 days of completing work on the state job in Iowa. Be mindful that the claim must be enforced more than 30 days after completion but not more than 60 days after completion.

Lien Upon Funds
30 days from last furnishing

Claim for Material or Labor (Public Lien Upon Funds)

A Lien Upon Funds for public projects is a collection tool available to suppliers who have not been paid. This lien must be sent within 30 days of completion and final acceptance of the Iowa state project.

What is your role on the project?
Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice for federal projects, it is best practice for subcontractors to do so. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice needs to be sent by subcontractors in 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice, it is best practice to do so for federal projects. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice is required to be sent by the supplier 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

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