What is a Notice to Owner?

A Notice to Owner (NTO) is a written notice prescribed by Florida Statute (713.06) that officially advises the owner of an improvement that the sender, usually a subcontractor or supplier not dealing directly with the owner, is looking to the owner to be sure the sender is paid before payment is made to the contractor on the job.

Florida Statute (713.06), requires that a Notice to Owner be served on the improvement owner not later than 45 days from the date of first labor, services, or materials delivered to the job site as a prerequisite to secure the sender’s right to lien the property in the event the sender is not properly paid for work done at the property.

This notice gives the owner the opportunity to verify that the sender is paid, usually by obtaining a “release of lien” by the sender of the notice when payments are made to the contractor, so that the owner monitors downstream payments and is not later surprised with a lien against the property from someone with whom the owner does not have a contract.

Serving a Notice to Owner on every job is a good business practice. Viewed as a basic “cost of doing business”, a Notice to Owner will: improve cash flow by helping to be sure you get paid, establish good communication between your business and those making/securing the payments, and protect your right to payment by securing your right to lien a property should the need arise.

We offer all services regarding Notice to Owner services. With over 29 years of experience, South Florida Contractor Services, Inc. will work to ensure and protect your right to get paid.

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