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Preliminary Notice
Before work begins

Notice to Owner

A Notice to Owner is a required document that lets the owner know who is on the job and the work that will be done. If this is not served properly the lien is still valid on the residential project in Tennessee but the contractor can be convicted of a class B misdemeanor.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

General contractors must serve the owner and file a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement with the registrar’s office in Tennessee within 90 days after completion of the residential project.

Preliminary Notice
N/A

Notice of Non Payment

Subcontractors and suppliers on residential properties do not have Lien rights unless its owner/builder.

Lien
N/A

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

Subcontractors and suppliers on residential properties do not have Lien rights unless its owner/builder.

Preliminary Notice
N/A

Notice of Non Payment

Subcontractors and suppliers on residential properties do not have Lien rights unless its owner/builder.

Lien
N/A

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

Subcontractors and suppliers on residential properties do not have Lien rights unless its owner/builder.

What is your role on the project?
Preliminary Notice
Before work begins

Notice to Owner

A Notice to Owner is a required document that lets the owner know who is on the job and the work that will be done. If this is not served properly the Lien is still valid but the contractor can be convicted of a class B misdemeanor.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

The general contractor must serve a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement to the owner and file with the register’s office within 90 days after completion of the project.

Preliminary Notice
90 days from the end of each month

Notice of Nonpayment

Before the filing of a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement, a remote contractor must properly give a Notice of Nonpayment within ninety (90) days of the last day of each month within which labor and/or materials is furnished by the supplier to the Tennessee commercial job. Example: You performed work in January sometime between the 1st and the 30th. You must give notice by April 30th. You continued to furnish labor and/or material in February sometime between the 1st and the 28th. You must give the next notice no later than May 28th.


Lien
90 days from project completion

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

The subcontractor must serve a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement to the owner and file it with the register’s office within 90 days after completion of the commercial project in Tennessee.

Preliminary Notice
90 days from the end of each month

Notice of Non Payment

Before the filing of a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement, a remote contractor must properly give a Notice of Nonpayment within ninety (90) days of the last day of each month within which labor and/or materials is furnished by the supplier to the Tennessee commercial job. Example: You performed work in January sometime between the 1st and the 30th. You must give notice by April 30th. You continued to furnish labor and/or material in February sometime between the 1st and the 28th. You must give the next notice no later than May 28th.

Lien
90 days from project completion

Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement

The Tennessee supplier must serve the owner with a Notice of Lien and Sworn Statement and file it with the Tennessee register’s office within 90 days after completion of the commercial project.

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

Preliminary Notice

Though sending a Preliminary Notice it is not strictly required, the best business practice is to send one anyway as a subcontractor on a state job in Tennessee. The Preliminary Notice makes it more likely that you will be paid on time and lets the general contractor know you are serious about getting paid.

Claim on Bond
90 days from completion

Claim on Bond

Notice of claim on bond must be filed by the subcontractor within 90 days of completion of the state project in Tennessee. Bond claim rights expire six months from the last furnishing of labor or materials to the project.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice (Public work)

Although it is not a legal requirement for a supplier to send a Preliminary Notice, it is best practice to do so in Tennessee 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 completion

Claim on Bond

Notice of claim on bond must be filed by the supplier within 90 days of completion of the state job in Tennessee. Bond claim rights expire six months from the last furnishing of labor or materials to the 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

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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