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Rhode Island Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Preliminary Notice
10 days from first furnishing

Notice of Possible Mechanic's Lien

A Notice of Possible Mechanic's must be given to the owner by the general contractor within 10 days of first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Rhode Island residential project or the language within the Notice of Possible Mechanic's Lien must be included in the contract before starting work. If it is included in the contract it must be in clear and conspicuous print and language to be valid.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A lien must be sent by the general contractor within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the residential project. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple Liens to protect long jobs.  Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

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

Intent to Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Notice of Intention

A Notice of Intention must be sent by the subcontractor within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the residential project. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A Lien must be sent within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials.  In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the Lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the Lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

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

Intent to Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Notice of Intention

A Notice of Intention must be sent by the supplier within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the residential project. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A Lien must be sent by the supplier to the residential job within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials.  In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs.  Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

What is your role on the project?
Preliminary Notice
10 days from first furnishing

Notice of Possible Mechanic's Lien

A Notice of Possible Mechanic's must be given to the owner by the general contractor within 10 days of first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Rhode Island commercial project.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A lien must be sent by the general contractor within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the commercial job. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - the Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a Lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple Liens to protect long jobs.  Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and Lien rights.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

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

Intent to Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Notice of Intention

A Notice of Intention must be sent by the subcontractor within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A lien must be sent by the subcontractor within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the Rhode Island commercial project. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

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

Intent to Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Notice of Intention

A Notice of Intention must be sent by the supplier within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the Rhode Island commercial project. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a Lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

Lien
200 days from last furnishing

Lien

A Lien must be sent by the supplier within 200 days of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the commercial job. In Rhode Island, the three most important parts of a Mechanic's Lien happen very quickly - The Intent to Lien, the lien and the enforcement of the lien. You have 200 days to record both the lien and the Intent to Lien and only 40 days after the lien is filed to enforce it. Also, important to note is that the life of a lien is only 200 days back from the day it is filed. If you file on day 215, the first 15 days of work are not protected. You may need multiple liens to protect long jobs. Being aware of your deadlines and filing each step as soon as you can will safeguard your payment and lien rights.

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 in Rhode Island as a subcontractor, it is the best business practice to do so for state 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

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the state project for those who are not working directly with the general contractor in Rhode Island. Though it is only legally required for those not contracted directly with the general contractor, it is the best business practice for any subcontractor to send.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

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

Claim on Bond
90 days from first furnishing

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be filed in Rhode Island within 90 days of last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the state job for those who are not working directly with the general contractor. Though it is only legally required for those not contracted directly with the general contractor, it is the best business practice for any supplier to send.

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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