Notices to Owner: What Lienors Need to Know

If you are not familiar with the term, a “lienor” is someone – a subcontractor, equipment or material supplier – who may be able to claim a lien on a property if they follow the lien law. Serving notice to owner is effective to get lienors paid 99% of the time. That is because savvy owners and lenders know to make sure lienors who serve notices to owner get paid before draw funds are released to a contractor.

How does it work? If you are performing work or supplying materials or equipment to a project, you have 45 days from when you first start work (or from your first delivery to the project) to serve your notice to owner to the owner. Do not miss this deadline, as it is strictly enforced in Florida.

Where do you find the information needed to serve a notice to owner? There are numerous notice to owner services you can find online who can prepare and serve these notices for you. If you prefer to do it yourself, you will need a copy of the notice of commencement. The notice of commencement is signed by the owner and contains the owner’s contact information for purposes of serving notices to owner. I will discuss the notice of commencement in more detail in another post.

Questions about serving notice to owner? Please feel free to email me directly at

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