In today’s current climate, you do not want to wait until the last minute to record your construction lien or serve your notice of nonpayment to preserve your payment bond rights. Operate conservatively and preserve these rights now, not later. Whether preserving construction lien or payment bond rights, the key date is 90-days from your final furnishing date. A construction lien must be recorded within 90 days from your final furnishing date. Likewise, a notice of nonpayment (to preserve payment bond rights on a private project) needs to be served within 90 days from your final furnishing date.
It is important to remember that performing punchlist, warranty, and corrective work does NOT extend your final furnishing date. In other words, do not think you can record a lien or serve your notice of nonpayment within 90 days from completing punchlist or warranty work. That would be a bad idea. See, e.g., Delta Fire Sprinklers, Inc. v. Onebeacon Ins. Co., 937 So.2d 695 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006) (performing punchlist items insufficient for extending final furnishing date in order for subcontractor to timely serve its notice of nonpayment).
MAKE SURE TO TIMELY PERFECT YOUR CONSTRUCTION LIEN AND PAYMENT BOND RIGHTS!
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