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Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a Preliminary Notice as a contractor in Massachusetts, it is best business practice to do so. Sending a Preliminary Notice advises all parties that you are working on the residential project and helps you get paid faster.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (General Contractor)

The first step for a general contractor obtaining lien rights, is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process in Massachusetts. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the residential property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

The general contractor needs to send a Statement of Account after sending the prerequisite Notice of Contract. The first step is to obtaining lien rights in Massachusetts is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process for the residential job. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Notice of Identification of Second Tier & Lower Subcontractors to General Contractor

Best business practice is for the subcontractor to mail a Notice of Identification to the general contractor within 30 days of starting work on the residential project. This lets the lower-tier subcontractor that they are working on the project. If the notice is sent, the lien is not limited to the amount due or to become due to the subcontractor in Massachusetts. If the Notice of Identification was not sent, a second-tier subcontractor can still assert a mechanic's lien; however, it would be limited to the amount due or to become due to the subcontractor that the subcontractor contracted with.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (Subcontractor/ Supplier)

The first step to obtaining lien rights as a subcontractor on a residential job in Massachusetts is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the subcontractor contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a Statement of Account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

The Statement of Account is sent by the subcontractor after sending the prerequisite Notice of Contract. The first step to obtaining lien rights on a Massachusetts residential job is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the subcontractor contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a Statement of Account.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Notice of Identification of Second Tier & Lower Subcontractors to General Contractor

Best business practice is for the supplier to mail a Notice of Identification to the general contractor within 30 days of starting work on the residential project. This lets the lower-tier subcontractor that they are working on the project. If the notice is sent, the lien is not limited to the amount due or to become due to the supplier in Massachusetts. If the Notice of Identification was not sent, a second-tier supplier can still assert a mechanic's lien; however, it would be limited to the amount due or to become due to the supplier that the subcontractor contracted with.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (Subcontractor/ Supplier)

The first step to obtaining lien rights as a supplier on a residential job in Massachusetts is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a Statement of Account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

The Statement of Account is sent by the supplier after sending the prerequisite Notice of Contract on the Massachusetts residential job. The first step to obtaining lien rights on a Massachusetts residential job is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a Statement of Account.

What is your role on the project?
Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a Preliminary Notice, it is best business practice to do so. Sending a Preliminary Notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (General Contractor)

The first step is to obtaining lien rights is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien. You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

Statement of Account is sent after you have sent your prerequisite Notice of Contract. The first step is to obtaining lien rights is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Notice of Identification of Second Tier & Lower Subcontractors to General Contractor

Best business practice is to mail a Notice of Identification to the general contractor within 30 days of starting work. This identifies a lower-tier Subcontractor or supplier that they are working on the project. If the notice is sent, the lien is not limited to the amount due or to become due to supplier and/or subcontractor. If the Notice of Identification was not sent, a second-tier supplier or Subcontractor can still assert a mechanic's lien; however, it would be limited to the amount due or to become due to the Subcontractor that the supplier or Subcontractor contracted with

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (Subcontractor/ Supplier)

The first step is to obtaining lien rights is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

Statement of Account is sent after you have sent your prerequisite Notice of Contract. The first step is to obtaining lien rights is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Notice of Identification of Second Tier & Lower Subcontractors to General Contractor

Best business practice is to mail a Notice of Identification to the general contractor within 30 days of starting work on the Massachusetts residential job. This identifies a lower-tier Subcontractor or supplier that they are working on the project. If the notice is sent, the lien is not limited to the amount due or to become due to supplier and/or subcontractor. If the Notice of Identification was not sent, a second-tier supplier or Subcontractor can still assert a mechanic's lien; however, it would be limited to the amount due or to become due to the Subcontractor that the supplier or Subcontractor contracted with

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Contract (Subcontractor/ Supplier)

The first step to obtaining lien rights as a supplier is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process in the state of Massachusetts for commercial jobs. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

Statement of Account
The initiates the deadline to file suit

Statement of Account

A Statement of Account in Massachusetts is sent after the supplier sends the prerequisite Notice of Contract. The first step to obtaining lien rights on the commercial job is to record the Notice of Contract, which starts the lien process. On the date the owner is provided a copy of the recorded Notice of Contract, that sets the maximum value of the lien: a lien cannot exceed the amount due or to become due to the party the supplier contracted with (in this case, the general contractor). You only have 90 days from substantial completion to lien the property. The second step is to record a statement of account 120 days from substantial completion. This initiates the clock to foreclose, which is 90 days from recording a statement of account.

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 as a subcontractor on state projects in Massachusetts, it is best business practice 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
65 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be sent by the subcontractor 65 days from last furnishing labor and/or materials to the state job in Massachusetts.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement for suppliers in Massachusetts to send a Preliminary Notice, it is best business practice to do so. Sending a Preliminary Notice advises all parties that you are working on the state project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
65 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

The Massachusetts supplier must send a Claim on Bond 65 days from last furnishing labor and/or materials to the state job.

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

Miller Act Notice needs to be sent by the subcontractor 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 for suppliers 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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