Using Intent to Lien Letters

In the dynamic world of construction, maintaining a healthy cash flow is essential for operating your business. Late payments from customers can often cause frustration and financial strain for contractors. We are often asked if there is anything that can be done to help compel customer payments short of filing a Mechanic's Lien.  And the answer is yes, you can send an Intent to Lien letter through Easy Law.


The Intent to Lien letter serves as a formal notice to late-paying customers, signaling your intention to file a mechanic's lien against the project if payment is not promptly received. While some contractors may hesitate to send such a letter, it's important to understand that sending an Intent to Lien letter is optional and might help prompt payment. 


Here are some key points to consider when utilizing the Intent to Lien letter:


  1. Asserting Your Rights: As a contractor, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your services rendered. The Intent to Lien letter reaffirms your commitment to protecting these rights and ensures that customers understand the seriousness of the situation.
  1. Encouraging Communication: In many cases, late payments may be due to oversight or unforeseen circumstances on the customer's part. By sending an Intent to Lien letter, you open a channel of communication, giving customers an opportunity to address any concerns or disputes regarding payment.
  1. Prompting Action: Time is of the essence when dealing with late payments. Sending an Intent to Lien letter promptly signals to customers that you are serious about resolving the issue and prompts them to take action to avoid further escalation.

Remember, the goal of sending an Intent to Lien letter is not to strain customer relationships but to make sure you receive fair compensation for your hard work and dedication. By leveraging this tool effectively, you can help protect your financial interests while fostering positive communication with customers.


At Easy Law Construction Notices, we understand the challenges that contractors face in securing payment.  That's why we're here to provide you with the resources and guidance you need to assert your rights and protect your business interests.


If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting your Intent to Lien letter, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.  We are here to assist you with your document preparation.

Easy Law Construction Notices is not a law firm, and nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. If you are seeking legal advice regarding construction matters, you can contact The Green LawGroup, LLP, for a free initial consultation.