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Navigating Florida's Construction Lien Laws: Protecting Your Property Rights

Construction liens can be complex. Here's what Florida property owners need to know to protect their rights.

Overview of Florida's Chapter 713

Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes outlines the laws regarding construction liens. It provides a legal mechanism for contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to secure payment for their services and materials.

Chapter 713 outlines construction lien laws.

How Construction Liens Work

  • Who Can File a Lien: Contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers.

  • Notice Requirements: Pre-lien notice, notice to owner.

  • Filing a Lien: Deadline for filing, Required documentation.

Understanding the construction lien process

Steps to Take if a Lien is Filed Against Your Property

  1. Verify the Lien: Ensure the lien is valid and properly filed.

  2. Dispute or Negotiate: Contact the lienholder to resolve the issue.

  3. Seek Legal Assistance: Consult with a construction lien attorney if needed.

Legal assistance can help resolve lien issues.

Legal Options and How an Attorney Can Help

  • Removing Invalid Liens: Challenging improperly filed liens.

  • Negotiating Settlements: Working out payment terms with lienholders.

  • Litigation: Representing you in court if necessary.

Legal action may be required to resolve lien disputes

Understanding and navigating construction lien laws is crucial for protecting your property rights. If faced with a lien, taking prompt action and seeking legal advice can help resolve the issue effectively.

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