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Virginia Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent

For residential dwelling projects with a designated lien agent, a Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent should be sent within 30 days of the general contractor first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the residential project in Virginia.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing or completion

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the contractor the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done on the Virginia residential project OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the project.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent

For residential dwelling projects with a designated lien agent, the subcontractor needs to send a Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent within 30 days of  first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the residential project in Virginia.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing or completion

Memorandum for Mechanic's Lien Claimed by Subcontractor

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the subcontractor the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done on the Virginia residential project OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the project.

Preliminary Notice
30 days from first furnishing

Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent

For residential dwelling projects with a designated lien agent, a Notice to Mechanic's Lien Agent should be sent by the supplier within 30 days of the supplier first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Virginia residential project.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing or completion

Memorandum for Mechanic's Lien Claimed by Subcontractor

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien must be filed by the supplier the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the Virginia residential project.

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Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Though sending a Preliminary Notice it is not strictly required for general contractors on commercial projects in Virginia, the best business practice is to send it anyway. This notice makes it more likely that you will be paid on time and lets the owner know you are serious about getting paid.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing or completion

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien

General contractors must file a Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien by the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the commercial project in Virginia.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Though sending a Preliminary Notice it is not strictly required for commercial projects in Virginia, the best business practice is to send it anyway. The Preliminary Notice makes it more likely that you will be paid on time as a subcontractor and lets the owner know you are serious about getting paid.

Lien
90 days from last furnishing or completion

Memorandum for Mechanic's Lien Claimed by Subcontractor

The Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien must be by filed by the subcontractors on the Virginia commercial project, the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the project.

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 it anyway for commercial projects in Virginia. The notice makes it more likely that you will be paid on time and lets the owner know you are serious about getting paid as a supplier.

Preliminary Notice
90 days from last furnishing  

Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien

Suppliers must file a Memorandum of Mechanic's Lien the earlier of the following dates: 1) 90 days of the last day of the month that work was done OR 2) 90 days from the date of completion of the Virginia 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

Although it is not a legal requirement for subcontractors to send a Preliminary Notice, it is best practice to do so in Virginia. 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 last furnishing

Payment Bond

A Notice of Claim on Bond must be filed by the subcontractor in Virginia within 90 days from last furnishing labor and/or materials to the state job.

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 state jobs. Sending a Preliminary Notice advises all parties that you as the supplier, are working on the project and helps you get paid faster in Virginia.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Payment Bond

Suppliers must file a Notice of Claim on Bond within 90 days from last furnishing labor and/or materials to the state project in Virginia.

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

Claim on Bond

Claim on bond must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing of labor or materials.

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

Claim on Bond

Claim on bond must be filed within 90 days of last furnishing of labor or materials.

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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