Preliminary Notice-Private Work

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Document Title: Preliminary Notice for Furnishing Labor, Materials or Equipment

Scope: State of Iowa, Private Works

Time Constraints: A Iowa Preliminary Notice is required only:

Contractor: If you are doing work for the owner of a owner-occupied dwelling. You may serve said notice at anytime, but your lien shall be valid only to the extent of the remaining balance due the prime contractor at the time of the service of your notice;

Subcontractors and Material men: If you supply materials to a sub-contractor who only furnishes materials. Said notice must be served by certified mail or personal service within 30 days of furnishing labor, materials or services.

If the notice is required, and you file a lien, you must submit a copy of this notice along with your lien filing.

We strongly urge that you serve notice on all jobs in all cases. You may only lien for the unpaid portion of a contract, so having the owner thinking in terms of paying you may be a big help in your collection efforts.

Information Requirements: The information required by the program and whether you intend to send an owner cover letter.

Form Types: Preliminary Notice for Furnishing Labor, Materials or Equipment, Exhibits A-D (if needed) and the Owner Letter (if used).

Procedures: Enter the program data, including Additional Legal Parties or Releases for Other Companies. Where required, serve a copy on the prime contractor within 30 days of furnishing. You may optionally send copies of all of the forms (less the Owner Cover Letter) to all legal owners, all sureties and your customer.

When in doubt, file claim immediately.

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