Two of the most commonly used remedies available to contractors are mechanics liens and stop payment notices. The rules and procedures affecting mechanics liens, stop payment notices and bond claims changed on July 1, 2012 (SB 189).
The following information is meant as general information only. One should not use this information to calculate the timing deadlines of these procedures. It is essential to take into account the specific facts and circumstances of each situation because they affect the timing, notice, and procedures. If the circumstances in this blog pertain to you or your company, contact our office to obtain advice on how to use them.
Stop Payment Notice – When there is a discrete sum of undisbursed construction funds, a contractor may file a Stop Payment Notice. Upon receipt of a Stop Payment Notice, the owner or construction lender holding the funds is required to sequester “sufficient funds” to pay the claimed amount. This has the effect of tying up those funds pending resolution of the matter. On a private works project, a contractor must obtain and serve a bond to require the lender to withhold the money claimed in a Stop Payment Notice.
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