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Michigan Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Preliminary Notice
At start of project

Notice of Commencement

A Notice of Commencement is required for the general contractor to send at the start of the Michigan residential project. It is typical for the general contractor to accommodate the owner in preparing the Notice of Commencement. A Notice of Commencement is required if the owner does not live on the property.

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 as a general contractor. Sending a Preliminary Notice advises all parties that you are working on the Michigan residential project and helps you get paid faster.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

An Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the general contractor within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Michigan residential job.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing

The Notice of Furnishing is required within 20 days of the subcontractor first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan residential job. Important note for residential projects: Notice of Commencement is not required. However, if a homeowner does not live on the property then it is required for Notice of Commencement to be recorded.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement

The Notice of Furnishing is required within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials. Important Note for Residential Projects: Notice of Commencement is not required. However, if a homeowner does not live on the property then it is required for Notice of Commencement to be recorded.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

A subcontractor must file an Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Michigan residential job.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing

The supplier should send the Notice of Furnishing within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan residential project. Important Note for residential projects: Notice of Commencement is not required. However, if a homeowner does not live on the property then it is required for Notice of Commencement to be recorded.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement

The Notice of Furnishing is required for the residential project within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials by the supplier. Important note for residential projects: Notice of Commencement is not required. However, if a homeowner does not live on the property then it is required for Notice of Commencement to be recorded.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

Michigan suppliers must file an Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the residential project.

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Notice of Commencement
At start of project

Notice of Commencement

A Notice of Commencement is required to be sent by the general contractor at the start of the Michigan commercial project. It is typical for the general contractor to accommodate the owner in preparing the Notice of Commencement. Condos and apartment building fall under the requirement to record a Notice of Commencement.

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 for commercial projects in Michigan. 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

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

A general contractor must file an Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien in Michigan on commercial projects within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing

The Notice of Furnishing is required within 20 days of the subcontractor first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan commercial project. Important note for commercial projects: If the Notice of Commencement is not recorded the time to send the Notice of Furnishing is extended until 20 days after the Notice of Commencement is provided. If a Notice of Commencement is never recorded, a Notice of Furnishing may properly be served up until the lien deadline. If a Notice of Commencement is not posted at the project, then a Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement should be sent. This requires the owner to produce a copy of the Notice of Commencement within 10 days.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement

The Notice of Furnishing is required within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan commercial job. Important note for commercial projects: If the Notice of Commencement is not recorded, the time to send the Notice of Furnishing is extended until 20 days after the Notice of Commencement is provided. If a Notice of Commencement is never recorded, a Notice of Furnishing may properly be served up until the lien deadline. If a Notice of Commencement is not posted at the project, then a Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement should be sent. This requires the owner to produce a copy of the Notice of Commencement within 10 days.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

An Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the subcontractor within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Michigan commercial projects.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing

The Notice of Furnishing is required to be sent by the supplier within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan project. Important note for commercial projects: If the Notice of Commencement is not recorded the time to send the Notice of Furnishing is extended until 20 days after the Notice of Commencement is provided. If a Notice of Commencement is never recorded, a Notice of Furnishing may properly be served up until the lien deadline. If a Notice of Commencement is not posted at the project, then a Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement should be sent. This requires the owner to produce a copy of the Notice of Commencement within 10 days.

Preliminary Notice
20 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement

The Notice of Furnishing is required within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials. Important note for commercial projects: If the Notice of Commencement is not recorded the time to send the Notice of Furnishing is extended until 20 days after the Notice of Commencement is provided. If a Notice of Commencement is never recorded, a Notice of Furnishing may properly be served up until the lien deadline. If a Notice of Commencement is not posted at the project, then a Notice of Furnishing and Request for Notice of Commencement should be sent. This requires the owner to produce a copy of the Notice of Commencement within 10 days.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien

An Affidavit of Mechanic's Lien must be filed in Michigan by the supplier within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to commercial jobs.

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Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice of Furnishing (Public Jobs - non highway projects)

The Notice of Furnishing is required for all non-highway public projects in Michigan. The Notice of Furnishing must be sent for state projects 30 days of the subcontractor first furnishing labor and/or materials.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be sent by the subcontractor in Michigan within 90 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials for state projects.

Claim on Bond
60 days from last furnishing

Claim on Bond (state highway projects)

A supplier must send a Claim on Bond within 60 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the Michigan 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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